More than 200 community members gathered to celebrate a $1 million gift from USC that will fund improvements to the Hazard Recreation Center near the university’s Health Sciences Campus.

Martha Escutia, JD, vice president for USC Government Relations, presented a ceremonial check on Jan. 31 to the Los Angeles Parks Foundation on behalf of USC President C. L. Max Nikias, PhD, the Board of Trustees, senior management and HSC employees.

Among the proposed improvements announced at the celebration are a new jogging path, exercise equipment and upgrades to the tennis and basketball courts.
Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar, whose 14th District includes the Health Sciences Campus, commended the university for listening to the comments of community members and taking action.

“I’m so proud to work with the city and the USC Government Relations and Civic Engagement teams who welcomed community dialogue,” he said. “I’m also proud to serve communities who welcomed the help to improve the lives of all who work, live, study or receive medical help around the neighborhood.”

Recognition was also given to the Hazard Park Preservation Committee and the city Department of Parks and Recreation for the upgrades.

— Teresa Lara