21 Dec For years, an oil drill site stood in the heart of a South LA neighborhood. Now a park may rise in its place.
For more than 30 years, Richard Parks and his neighbors have been trying to make their South Los Angeles neighborhood a little more like heaven.
Through the power of friendship, prayer and cheerful determination, they’ve run tutoring programs for kids, closed a crime-ridden liquor store that was later replaced by a community market and faced down a major oil company to shutter a nearly 60-year-old drill site in the middle of the neighborhood.
Photo: Community members demonstrate against the Jefferson Boulevard drill site in Los Angeles in 2017. (Photo courtesy of Richard Parks)