UPDATED September 28, 2022
Watts Rising is a collaborative of Watts residents, 40+ organizations, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, the Mayor's Office, and Council District 15 committed to improving the quality of life in Watts. In 2019, the Watts Rising Collaborative was awarded a $33.25 million Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) Grant from the California's Strategic Growth Council (SGC), and additionally leveraged over $160 million to fund 24 community identified infrastructure projects.
MUDTOWN FARMS FOOD WASTE DIVERSION
Project Overview: Establish a food waste prevention and food rescue program that will result in the redistribution of 200,000 lbs. of food to local Watts Residents, and will divert 250,000 lbs. of food waste from landfills each year.
Partners: WLCAC (Lead)
COMMUNITY GARDEN AT MARKHAM MIDDLE SCHOOL
Project Overview: Expansion and program support for Edwin Markham Middle School's one-acre garden to build the first in the nation school garden and living lab working with a cleantech incubator. Together, we are deploying several energy and water saving technologies, creating local green jobs, educating students and empowering the community on gardening and climate resiliency. Project plans also include distributing produce grown in the garden and distribution/planting of 100 shade trees.
Partners: Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (Lead), LAUSD
WATTS YARDNERS PROGRAM
Project Overview: 50 residential yards will be transformed into urban mini-farms complete with edible landscaping and fruit trees.
Partners: WLCAC (Lead)
JORDAN DOWNS PHASE S2
Project Overview: New construction of an 81-unit affordable housing development consisting of 18 one-bedroom units, 33 two-bedroom units, 29 three-bedroom units, and 1 four-bedroom unit. All the units will be deed restricted to households earning up to 50% of Area Median Income (AMI). In addition, the project will provide bicycle education and safety training for families and youth in the Jordan Downs housing development. East Side Riders, will be organizing classes, recruiting participants, and facilitating certifications. (See the B.E.A.S.T. project overview below for more info on Bicycle Education and Safety Training classes).
Partners: Michaels Development Co. (Lead), East Side Riders
Project Overview: Install rooftop solar panels on 54 qualifying single-family residences in Watts.
Partners: GRID Alternatives
Project Overview: Installation of energy retrofits for 180 homes in Watts. Retrofits include replacements for lighting, HVAC, water heater and more.
Partners: Habitat for Humanity
DASH BUS ELECTRIFICATION
Project Overview: The DASH is going electric! The DASH Watts bus route will be improved with 10 battery-electric buses that will replace existing CNG/propane buses and add 5 charging stations to create the first fully electric local bus fleet in Los Angeles.
Partners: LA Department of Transportation (LADOT)
MEGAWATTS ELECTRIC VEHICLE CAR SHARE
Project Overview: Provide a car-sharing program using 15 all-electric vehicles available 24-hours/day with charging stations installed at three locations in Watts.
Partners: WLCAC, Green Commuter, Primestor
WEIGAND ELEMENTARY URBAN TREE/ RAIN GARDENS
Project Overview: A new 2400 sq. ft rain garden and 43 native trees will be planted around Weigand Elementary, and an additional 1500 fruit trees will be distributed to local community members
Partners: TreePeople, LAUSD
WATTS COOL SCHOOLS
Project Overview: Create four shadier, cooler school campuses by removing asphalt paving and installing cool paving, planting 112 trees, to create green educational outdoor learning areas at Weigand Elementary, Compton Ave. Elementary, 96th St. Elementary and 112th St. Elementary schools.
Partners: TreePeople (Lead) L.A. Unified School District (LAUSD)
GREENING THE BLUE LINE
Project Overview: Create a tree canopy in the mile radius surrounding the 103rd St. Station of the Metro Blue Line through the planting of 200 trees.
Partners: TreePeople (Lead), LA Metro
CENTURY GATEWAY PARK
Project Overview: Construct 0.62-acre urban park with local and drought tolerant plants, 35 new trees, and passive recreation.
Partners: The Michaels Organization (Lead)
Project Location: Watts, CA Near the Intersection of Century Blvd. and Grape St.
The Michaels Organization in partnership with the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles is developing a new park called Century Gateway Park. Dake Landscape and Jesse De La Cruz were subcontracted through a public RFP process to lead outreach and engagement for the Century Gateway Park. The park will be a 0.62-acre urban park near the intersection of East Century Boulevard and Grape Street, and include local and drought tolerant plants, a picnic and BBQ area, and the planting of 35 trees. The park is the companion project to Freedom Tree Park, together the Century Gateway Parks. This project achieves environmental benefits in Watts rendered through an interconnected network of greenspaces encompassing the area with an urban canopy and greenspace.
FREEDOM TREE PARK
Project Overview: Construct 1-acre urban park with passive recreation, drought tolerant landscaping and irrigation, 35 new trees, and 95% of the park will be composed of permeable surfaces.
Partners: The Michaels Organization (Lead), Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles
GREENING PUBLIC HOUSING
Project Overview: Plant 200 large shade trees at three public housing sites: Gonzaque Village, Imperial Courts, and Nickerson Gardens.
Partners: North East Trees (Lead), Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles
Project Overview: Plant 2,000 trees throughout Watts along streets, on school campuses, in parks and on residential properties.
Partners: TreePeople, North East Trees
B.E.A.ST- BICYCLE EDUCATION AND SAFETY CLASSES
Project Overview: Implement a Bike Safety & Education Program.
Partners: East Side Riders
WILMINGTON AVE. GREAT STREETS
Project Overview: Construct ½ mile of urban greening and pedestrian/cyclist mobility improvements including 40 street trees.
Partners: Streets LA (Lead), Grant Housing EDC
WALKBIKE WATTS MOBILITY IMPROVEMENTS
Project Overview: Construction of 5.2 miles of bike lanes and installation of 25 pedestrian improvements.
Partners: City of LA- Department of Transportation (LADOT)
WALKBIKE WATTS SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL
Project Overview: We Care Outreach and Urban Peace Institute are working to make routes to school safer by providing services like student safety advocacy groups, walking school buses, and more.
Partners: We Care Outreach, Urban Peace Institute (UPI)
WALKBIKE WATTS CULTURAL TRAIL
Project Overview: Installation of an arts & cultural walking path through Watts. Accessible by foot, bicycle, or wheelchair, the Cultural Trail will connect the Watts Towers Arts Center Campus to public transportation and other local sites.
Partners: Streets LA (Lead), City of LA- Department of Cultural Affairs
Displacement Avoidance Plan (DAP)
Watts Rising is implementing the DAP to ensure that benefits created by TCC are enjoyed by the current Watts residents whose tireless advocacy, vision, and perseverance contributed to the realization of this and other community investment grants. Watts Rising is connecting renters, homeowners, and businesses to resources that can reduce household expenses, increase income and business profitability, increase housing access and security, and build wealth in order to help them “Stay Rooted” in their community.
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