50th YEAR COMMEMORATION OF THE
BALDWIN HILLS RESERVOIR FAILURE
CELEBRATION OF MAGNIFICENT PARKLANDS
AT KENNETH HAHN STATE RECREATION AREA
What: Gathering to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a milestone event that forever changed Baldwin Hills, and led a community to turn tragedy into triumph. Without warning on Dec. 14, 1963, nearly 290 million gallons of water began to flow from the collapsing Baldwin Hills Reservoir. The tragic result: massive flooding that cost five lives and impacted more than 9,000 homes, as water, mud and debris spread over one square mile.
Exactly a half-century later — in the very place where the reservoir once stood –survivors, elected leaders, community organizations and representatives of first-responder agencies will gather to remember this landmark event, and celebrate how the Baldwin Hills community rallied back with the creation of what is now Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area. Today, the county-operated park stands as an urban oasis and a lasting symbol of community pride and cohesion that welcomes tens of thousands of visitors each year from throughout the region.
Who: Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas; Department of Parks and Recreation Chief Deputy Director John Wicker; the Baldwin Hills Conservancy; Mujeres de la Tierra; and many others.
When: Saturday, December 14, 2013 | 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m.
Where: Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area
4100 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90056
Visuals: Interaction with survivors of the reservoir collapse; multiple displays detailing the history of the tragedy and its triumphant aftermath; storytelling sessions; live entertainment; recognition ceremony; and a moment of silence at 3:38 p.m. – the precise time of the reservoir collapse – to remember those who died in the flooding.
Contact: Joyce Fitzpatrick, Public Information Assistant (626) 934-3860
Andre Herndon, Public Information Officer (213) 738-2963