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Compton Creek Natural Park

As a consultant to the LA Conservation Corps, Mr. Smith was the Project Manager responsible for completing this $3.5 million project on behalf of the LA Conservation Corps from 2012-2013. The project was a collaboration between the Mountains and Rivers Conservation Authority (MRCA), Compton Unified School District, and Los Angeles Conservation Corps (LACC). Construction of the 3.5-acre park was primarily done by LACC at-risk youth (Corpsmembers) under supervision of journeyman level Technical Supervisors. Project facilities constructed/installed included:

  • Grading of 3.5 acres of property
  • Construction of 34,000 square feet of drainage swales
  • Installation of 127,000-gallon underground Cistern system
  • Installation of over 100,000 linear feet of irrigation
  • Installation of a potable drinking water distribution system
  • Planting of 126 (36” and 48”) box trees
  • Planted nearly 10,000 native plants
  • Construction of 800 linear feet of decomposed granite paths
  • Construction of approx. 6,000 sq. ft. decomposed granite parking lot
  • Construction of a 200-seat capacity concrete outdoor amphitheater
  • Installation of 4 outdoor exercise stations

The Mountains & Rivers Conservation Authority (MRCA) provided the original $1.8 of funding for construction under contract with LACC. As that funding was 100% expended prior to project completion, Mr. Smith working in partnership with senior staff at LACC and representatives from the MRCA and the Rivers & Mountains Conservancy (RMC), and other grantors was able to develop an additional $1M to complete the project.

Click on the image to the right to download a PDF of a PowerPoint presentation that summarizes the project from its earliest planning stages through construction and park opening in Fall 2013.

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