WALNUT PARK EAST
Through a combination of computer modeling and community participatory mapping, a total of ~14 acres are in the process of conversion from vacant and abandoned buildings and lots to community open spaces (the Green Space Focus Area). These 14 acres represent just 12.5% of all the vacant land in Walnut Park East, but by focusing efforts (demolitions, green space creation, vacant building stabilization, art, dumping removals) on a concentrated area, Coalition partners and members hope to have a significant impact on quality of life, property values, safety, and illegal dumping in this focus area.
Twenty-seven LRA-owned vacant and abandoned buildings have been demolished in the Green Space Focus Area, and another 78 vacant, abandoned, and condemned buildings are being demolished in areas surrounding the focus area and within 500 feet of Walnut Park's schools. Long term green space plans are still under development, and are being guided by community projects like the ones described below.
Sculpture design and installation on vacant lots surrounding Cart Park (pending fundraising) - by students at Northwest Academy of Law & Social Justice and Artist Cbabi Bayoc