By Catarah Coleman

More than 200 residents of the Wiseburn Community near Gardena welcomed and participated in the grand-opening and dedication of the long-awaited Wiseburn Walking Path outdoor green space on Sept. 9.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas joined Department of Parks and Recreation Director John Wicker and representatives of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps, The Wiseburn Neighborhood Watch, Caltrans District 7, West Basin Division 4 and the Wiseburn Library to officially open the walking path.

This 0.6-mile amenity features eight outdoor exercise stations, three children’s activity areas, 45 solar powered pedestrian lights, five community gathering nodes, more than 3,000 new drought-tolerant plants, nearly 100 new trees and a new fence separating the path from the 405 freeway.

Attendees enjoyed face painting, free giveaways and resources from Los Angeles County Departments including Parks and Recreation, Animal Care and Control, Public Library and Public Health. At the end of the program, residents participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony, and many joined Supervisor Ridley-Thomas in walking the path, which is the perfect gathering place for children and families to enjoy for years to come.