WLCAC Wins $4.9 Million Prop 84 California State Parks Award!

WLCAC will build the first and only Urban Farm and community center in Watts history!

CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS AWARDS WLCAC $4.9 MILLION IN PROP 84 PARK GRANT FOR NEW URBAN FARM PARK AND COMMUNITY CENTER IN WATTS

WATTS, CA —Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC) announces $4.9 million Proposition 84 Park Grant award to build the first and only Urban Farm and community center in Watts. [See more info at wlcac.org]

This is a dream realized for WLCAC and Watts residents, who have been working together for nearly a decade to build the project, which will provide opportunities for everyone to enjoy: Recreation, education, events, healthy produce and green space.  The project will include growing grounds, an orchard, fitness equipment, a community center, learning facilities and more.  The urban farm park will be named MudTown Farms.  MudTown was the historic name for the Watts neighborhood, which was renamed in 1900 after a local realtor, C.H. Watts.  This new farm and park space will bring hope, and with its new growth, a new meaning and honoring of Watts’ rich history. 

Nearly 500 applications were reviewed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation, and 62 were awarded.  “The outpouring of applications from the urban and rural communities involved in this competitive program clearly shows the extent of unmet recreation needs throughout California,” said Ruth Coleman, Director of California State Parks. “The benefits of these parks will be felt in the concrete-covered urban landscapes… Especially heartwarming about the applications was the participation of children, seniors and families in determining what they wanted in their local parks.”

WLCAC was one of only five private non-profits receiving nearly the maximum award amount of $5 million dollars.  “We are thrilled to see that California State Parks recognized the tremendous need in the area of Watts and saw fit to make this sizeable award,” said Tim Watkins, WLCAC President and CEO. “The beauty of the MudTown Farms project is that it will turn into much greater good for the community for a long, long time to come.”

WLCAC’s mission is to improve the quality of life for residents of Watts.  To achieve this mission WLCAC spurs community economic development; provides cultural programming and enrichment; and delivers social services to more than 30,000 residents annually.

For more information on WLCAC, please visit www.wlcac.org or contact us at 323.563.5639.

 

For a list of the selected projects for the first round of Prop 84 Park Grants visit www.parks.ca.gov/grants.