Nickerson Gardens is one of four public housing development in Watts, a community of just 2.2 square miles. It provides 1,066 units and spans across 55 acres in the heart of Watts. Built in 1955, it’s the largest public housing development west of the Mississippi River. The development is managed by the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA), one of the nation’s largest and leading public housing authorities. HACLA provides affordable housing to over 82,000 households and offers a range of programs specifically for low-income, homeless, disabled, families and seniors.
Why We’re Serving
Through its design, Nickerson Gardens provides low-cost housing and additional community resources including green spaces, baseball fields, and playgrounds. With over six decades since its original construction, the communal areas are now in great need of maintenance and upkeep. The development is a central hub for local youth, including a Boys & Girls Club, and a home to countless families eager to benefit from increased safe and accessible outdoor recreational areas. Service projects throughout the housing development will provide improved sports spaces for the youth and community at-large. The renewed play spaces will also offer more outdoor opportunities for positive community engagement and well-being.
What We’ll Be Doing
Renovate - Giving the sports fields a face-lift with new sod, installing nets and bases, hand-built bleachers, and more. Connect - Creating a landscaped walking trail around the development with distance markers and learning stations for kids. Revitalize - Adding color and function back to playspaces by painting the skatepark, handball court, basketball court, and roller hockey court.
What To Wear :
Clothes you don't mind getting dirty and closed toed shoes.
What To Bring :
Water, sunscreen and a friend!
Limited parking. Carpool or take ride share/public transportation if possible. See map for parking locations http://bit.ly/2y4J2uJ
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