Compton Creek Natural Park


Beautifying LA

This creekside park in a highly urbanized area provides school kids and the surrounding neighborhood a multi-sensory natural park experience that layers history, natural science and art. A five-acre lot behind Washington Elementary School was transformed into a safe place for student exploration, with spacious green areas for recreation and socializing. 

“I know what I’m doing is helping my community and that makes me happy.”

– Calvin Diaz

The multi-use trail along Compton Creek includes interpretive signs, a community plaza and picnic/outdoor classroom, as well as a small amphitheater, exercise stations, and multi-use sports/play area. The landscaping features native plants, permeable paving in the parking area, surface bioswales and an underground cistern that collects stormwater for irrigation. The new community gardens invites elementary school students and community gardeners to plant their own fruits and vegetables, and nutrition and cooking workshops will help them get the most out of their own produce.


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