Plans are set to unveil the grand opening of a brand new hiking trail in Salt Lake Park and a ground breaking for a new, state-of-the-art soccer field also to be located within Salt Lake Park. Public ceremonies to announce both park development projects will be held on Saturday, April 26 beginning at 10 a.m. at Salt Lake Park located at 3401 East Florence Avenue in the City of Huntington Park.
Opening ceremonies will also be attended by California Senators Kevin de Léon and Ricardo Lara. A key partner in the development of the soccer field project is the City of Vernon who participated with a generous grant from their “Good Neighbor Program”. Vernon’s Mayor, the Honorable Michael McCormick, will also be in attendance to participate in the ground breaking ceremonies. Another significant contributor to the project is Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina. This project would not have been possible without her office’s $250,000 commitment. “Communities in Southeast L.A. deserve their share of recreational park spaces offering them the opportunity to engage in healthy activities,” said Supervisor Molina. “I’m very proud to see a project of this scale come to life,” she added.
Rosa E. Perez, Mayor of Huntington Park, declared numerous hours have been invested by the Department of Parks and Recreation to prepare for these openings. “Enhancing our parks offerings in new and unique ways is very important to us,” she said. “The City is especially grateful to Supervisor Molina for her vision and all our community partners for their generosity and commitment to revitalizing and improving our public park system.” Mayor Perez acknowledged Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard was also instrumental in securing funding for the hiking trail upgrades. “Improvements like these add tremendous value to the lives of local residents by providing beautiful and safe areas in which families and residents of all ages can enjoy numerous outdoor activities,” said Mayor Perez.
The City of Huntington Park provides residents with more than 31 acres of total park space, that include playgrounds, picnic areas, athletic facilities, a skate park and meeting rooms, among other amenities.