Assembly Democratic Caucus Chair Mike A. Gipson (D-Carson) gathered with residents of Compton on Saturday to celebrate the design unveiling of the Alondra Gateway Community Park, a much needed and long-awaited green space in the city. The revitalization will make it more accessible for families, bike riders, runners, horse riders, and more to enjoy the Compton Creek adjacent recreational area.
Joining Asm. Gipson for the design unveiling was Compton Mayor Aja Brown, Councilmembers Tana McCoy and Emma Shariff, Senator Steve Bradford, Mark Stanley, San Gabriel Rivers & Mountains Conservancy; Studio MLA, architects/designers, From Lot to Spot, and Compton Advocates and residents.
“In communities of color, socioeconomic and environmental factors play a large role in determining the increased risk of chronic disease and Coronavirus. While Compton Creek is an undeniable asset to the community, it has long been blighted and underutilized by the residents for health and recreational purposes,” said Asm. Gipson. “The State’s investment of $3 million for this project was the result of hard work but definitely worth the effort.”
Shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Governor Gavin Newsom was forced to make sweeping budget cuts. Funding for this Compton Creek project was on the chopping block. Gipson, supported by other state legislators, interceded and were successful in championing the need for this recreational green space that would eventually link other such communities connected to the Creek.
“During these challenging times and in the midst of this public health crisis, we are reminded that green space, fresh air and exercise are essential components of good health,” said Gipson. “Compton residents deserve the Alondra Gateway Community Park.”