California’s First Ever Public Fruit Park in the County of Los Angeles
An L.A. County public park is now home to a community orchard located at 12601 South Isis Avenue in the unincorporated community north of El Segundo. Photo by The Office of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.
Grand Opening On Saturday, January 5, 2013 At Del Aire Park
Dec 26, 2012
The trees were planted with the support of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission Civic Art Program and the guidance of Fallen Fruit, an artists’ collaborative founded by David Burns, Matias Viegener and Austin Young, whose mission is to unite communities through the creation of sustainable public art projects. Del Aire residents planted 27 fruit trees, eight grape vines, more than 60 trees were given away to neighbors. Once the trees bear fruit, all park visitors will be encouraged to pick from the new edible landscape at harvest time. Within three years, the trees are expected to be completely sustainable and drought tolerant.
The Fruit Park, which was funded through a creative use of county civic art dollars, is part of a larger plan by Chairman Ridley-Thomas to see community gardens planted in every unincorporated area in the Second District. So far, new gardens have been established in Florence-Firestone and Lennox, and locations and funding have been identified for gardens planned for Willowbrook, Athens and Baldwin Hills.
“Creating community centers and making sustainability a part of life for my constituents is a high priority,” said Chairman Ridley-Thomas. “I look forward to inaugurating this park, seeing this orchard flourish and watching our communities blossom.”