Gabriel San Roman
AccessCal Seeks a Family Resource Center at Anaheim’s Least-Visited Park, So What’s the Holdup?
Updated: Aug 14, 2020
Pine trees tower over a patch of grassland at Brookhurst Park in West Anaheim. The acre of park space behind the Brookhurst Community Center is largely shaded by the conifers, but no one takes refuge from the warm sun beneath them. Across the street, brown youth haul their backpacks home from different area schools to ramshackle apartment complexes each afternoon. The neighborhood is where gang violence infamously claimed the innocent life of 9-year-old Ximena Meza in 2014. It’s in this intersection between a park and its surrounding poverty that Access California Services (AccessCal), an acclaimed nonprofit, sees its future in Anaheim—if it’s to have one at all.
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