Pixley Park – Before
Pixley Park – After
The naming of Pixley Park
In 1967, the Maywood City Council had proposed that a new tot park in Maywood be named after Mr. Melvin A. Pixley, a prominent local businessman and philanthropist. The tot park, outfitted with new playground equipment, would serve the community as a place where children could go to safely play and enjoy the outdoors.
Mr. ‘Mel’ Pixley was the founder of Pixley Enterprises, a transportation investment operation covering most of the state of California. He was well known within the community for both his public service and philanthropy, which included his role as vice-president of the Greater Maywood Chamber of Commerce, and his continuous support for local youth programs. He was an active member of the Youth Activities Board belonging to the First Methodist church, a past potentate of the Al Malaikah Shriners, and he publicly sponsored the Pixley Park Pirates little league baseball team.
Unbeknownst to most citizens, however, he was also one of the most significant supporters of a host of other educational programs for the community’s youth. As an anonymous donor, he funded the distribution of glasses and hearing aids for underprivileged students, holiday activities for schools lacking the necessary budget, and in several cases, he even paid the full educational cost for selected underprivileged students within the community.
KEY PARTNERS creating a greener world!
Emerald Necklace Group | Amigos de los Rios received key grant funding from First 5 LA as part of their $10 million Tot Park Grant program and from the Los Angeles County – 1st District Supervisor – through a grant from the Los Angeles Regional Open Space District to complete the following projects.