Magic Johnson Park

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas and Partners Host Sneak Peek of $70m Magic Johnson Park Renovation and Community Drive-Thru Tour

Supervisor Mark-Ridley-Thomas in collaboration with the LA County Department of Parks and Recreation and a number community partners, hosted a socially-distanced, sneak peek of Earvin “Magic” Johnson Park’s new building facilities and myriad of amenities followed by a “drive thru” tour of the park and resource distribution for 2,500 community members. 


Clarence Zurita was born on May 21, 1931 to Mary Zurita in San Pedro, California. Clarence never knew his mother and would become orphaned at a very young age. He was blessed to be placed with the Woods Family in Watts, California, where he was embraced and reared in a loving home. It was at the family business–Woods Family Auto Parts–where Clarence developed a love for cars and the skill to fix almost anything…although many times in a unique way of his own! He attended David Starr Jordan High School and held many state records, some for decades, in Cross Country Track events. A few years after graduating high school, Clarence was drafted into the United States Army, where he served one tour of duty, fought in the Korean War and received an Honorary Discharge.

Reimagining Magic Johnson Park

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors approved a master plan that would dramatically transform Magic Johnson Park into a community oasis. Acting on a motion by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, the Board made an initial investment of $2 million towards designing Phase I of the project. The new design will include a splash pad, wedding pavilion, community event center, amphitheater, civic plaza, sculpture garden, reflecting pond, picnic shelters,d and other amenities. “The plan reflects feedback from hundreds of residents and the result is visionary– there is something for everyone,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said during a public hearing at the Hall of Administration.