Unemployed, bored, and broke?  Looking for an adventure in your own backyard that won’t set you back a pretty penny?  Maybe you’re ready to take the first step towards a healthier new you or just need somewhere to take the kids? 9th District Councilwoman Jan Perry suggests a visit to her hood’s  Augusts Hawkins Wetlands on Slauson and Compton Avenues.

In 2006, the Augustus Hawkins wetlands was opened at 5790 Compton Ave., near the intersection of Slauson and Compton avenues. Formerly a Department of Water and Power pipe-yard, the site was the first of its kind to be developed in a highly urbanized setting.  This month the city will break ground on an additional wetland for the area to be called the South Los Angeles Wetland Park at 5413 S. Avalon Blvd.

Perry and I spent some time touring the Augustus Hawkins Wetlands, which I had to admit, I never knew even existed.  Once you get past the initial shock that yes there’s a wetlands in the heart of South Los  Angeles–there’s a sense of calm and serene while inside the park.  It reminded me very much of a place I grew up hanging out at in Redondo Beach—Wilderness Park.

For more info on the Wetlands, check out this story in the L.A. Watts Times.

As for Councilwoman Perry and I–our next adventure in the hood will be Compton for horseback!

Much thanks to Councilwoman Jan Perry and Staff!