By Alba Ibarra

The Department of Parks and Recreation will honor and celebrate one of the most historical figures of the civil rights movement – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – through a variety of events at our County parks.

Why not take an opportunity to bring the whole family to honor Dr. King’s legacy of activism, awareness, service and respect? Below are the special events held at County parks that not only honor Dr. King, but also give residents the opportunity to serve others and their community.  

El Cariso Community Regional Park will have a brief presentation and unity walk on Friday, Jan. 12, within the park’s walking paths to resemble the freedom marches. This event starts at 3:30 p.m. and is intended for the whole family. The park is located at 13100 Hubbard St. in Sylmar. For more information, please call (818) 367-5043 or (818) 367-5049.

Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area will host a beautification event and activities on Sunday, Jan. 14, which include painting of park benches, park clean up, as well as the planting of shrubbery and trees. State Sen. Holly J. Mitchell is scheduled to speak.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the event starts at 9 a.m. Comfortable shoes and clothing are recommended. The park is located at 4100 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles. For more information, please call (323) 298-3660.

Loma Alta Park will have an open house on Monday, Jan. 15, from Noon to 5 p.m. with information about Dr. King, as well as activities for children such as arts and crafts and coloring sheets of the civil rights leader. The park is located at 3330 N. Lincoln Ave. in Altadena. For more information, please call (626) 398-5451.

See you at the park!