South Park Recreation Center

345 E. 51st St., Los Angeles, CA 90011
Council District:
15 – Joe Buscaino
Neighborhood Council:
Zapata King Neighborhood Council
18.25 acres


Children's Play Areas: Grade A
Picnic & Sitting Areas: Grade B
Outdoor Courts: Grade C
Athletic Fields: Grade B
Landscaping & Natural Areas: Grade B-
Exercise Areas & Trails: Grade F
Park Center Interiors: Grade B
Exterior Infrastructures: Grade B
Park Cleanliness: Grade B-
Restrooms: Grade F
Drinking Fountains: Grade A-
Graffiti: Grade B-

The park features stunning palm trees and other mature specimens. Canary Island Date Palms line the outside of the park; Mexican Fan Palms line the inside of the park. With some exceptions the park grounds were well maintained and facilities were in good condition.


The artificial turf soccer field and universal playground were well-maintained.

Park Cleanliness

There was litter indicating alcohol and drug use. The band shell appeared unused, except as storage for bulk items. Graffiti was observed on surfaces.

Exercise Equipment

The fitness equipment was in bad condition. Tape was used to keep the padding in place.

Water Conservation

Standing water and dry patches of grass were observed around the park.

Field Restroom

While the field restroom was in working order, it was dirty with water all over the ground and had an unpleasant odor. The indoor restroom was in good condition.

Outdoor Court

The outdoor handball court had debris on the ground.

Sports Programs

Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Boxing, Fitness, GPLA (Basketball) Adult Basketball, Girls Play LA (Ages 8 – 15)

Other Programs

Pre School, Afterschool, Seasonal  Day Camp, Aerobics, Zumba, Soccer Clinic, Basketball Clinic, Baseball Clinic, CLASS Parks ( Teen Programming ),  LA Kids Classes

Facility Features

Basketball Courts (Lighted / Outdoor), Childrens Play Area, Picnic Tables, Bandshell, Indoor Gym (without Weights), Kitchen, Playground (Universally accessible), Handball Courts

How are Angelenos using this park?

Source: Instagram Geolocation