City and school district officials joined the staff, students and parents of Dorris Place Elementary last week to dedicate new, park-like grounds on what once had been a field of asphalt on the north end of the Elysian Valley campus.
Jennifer Deines, a Dorris Place parent and member of Partners of Dorris, provided some photos and details of the event:
Today we had a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for a lovely small park right next to the school. There used to be a sea of asphalt and unused bungalows where the park now lives. At the ceremony the children sang “this land is your land” but altered the lyrics to say “this Park is your Park…” which was very charming!
Deines notes that Dorris Place is one of the few L.A. Unified schools to have adding grass to their grounds. Earlier this year, school supporters help revive the school garden in the corner of the campus.