Dwellings in affluent Park Plaza include homes, condominiums, and apartments reflecting California’s Spanish influence. Stucco houses with tile roofs and front yards with flowers, hedges and palm trees are a common sight in this neighborhood, and the suburban Southern California landscape. Students have a choice of public and private schools, with most schools in the Torrance Unified School District.
The 44-acre Charles H. Wilson Park is a family-friendly park with ADA access. The park has picnic areas and play areas for team sports. The Live Steamers Railroad, a miniature train run by volunteers, is a highlight for its riders. The Dee Hardison Sports Center has a large, multi-purpose gymnasium for youth and adult sports programs in the city. The park is home of the weekend Torrance Certified Farmers Market, where top quality vendors sell produce, baked goods, and fish. Asian produce is a specialty and is sold at the market.
The Madrona Marsh Nature Preserve is the treasured gem of the Park Plaza neighborhood. As the last vernal marsh in Los Angeles County, the preserve is a favorite city destination for nature lovers. Nature walks and bird watching are major activities since birds, small reptiles, mammals, and native plants are found here. The 8,000-square-foot Nature Center is the educational and interpretive center for exhibits and classes.
The Village Del Amo Shopping Center in Park Plaza has convenient shopping for residents, including a supermarket and a beauty salon. Shopping enthusiasts don’t have to leave the neighborhood to browse in nationally known, high-end mall stores. The Del Amo Fashion Center is one of the largest malls in the United States and has chain retail stores, restaurants, and an 18-screen movie theater.