Orange County Searches for Park Host to Live Rent-Free on Grounds – Los Angeles

Picture yourself living amidst acres and acres of park grounds with a basketball court and two full size playgrounds at your disposal, and it won’t cost you a penny in rent.

If you volunteer to be a park host, the Thornton Park home will be yours for free. There is no paycheck but city officials hope you’ll look at the upside of living where others come to play.

From the bubbling three-acre lake to the sight of nature at your doorstep, it’s all included. You will also find the utilities required by the future park host, which will plug into the fifth wheel at North End of Park.

The city officials are looking for someone to oversee the 33-acre property. The park host will be responsible for some tasks within the park, like raising and lowering the flag, restocking the toilet paper, and if the trash over flows on busy days, that’s the park host’s job too.

Brian Morris, a park goer, says he’s toying with the idea. He’s a software developer who could work anywhere.

“I think it’s cool to have someone right here to pick up trash there for any visitors. I think it’d be kinda cool,” Morris said.

Angel Barrondo isn’t so sure. Angel Barrondo often brings his children here.

“For them to allow someone to live in park sounds obscure,” Barrondo said.

He said that security guards are available and asked if a full-time caregiver is required.

“I like my privacy and I’m pretty sure thats what people want too,” Barrondo said.

There are rules that the park host must follow.

You’d have to be available seven days a week, be good at customer service, and limit visitors to 10 days a year.

The rents for a two-bedroom apartment in the nearby zip code range from $2,000 up to $4,000 and it may be the affordable housing that you are looking for, provided that you can deal with the noises of strangers every day.

On Tuesday afternoon, eight people applied for the park. Two more parks hosts were planned for Centennial Park and Santiago Parks in the future.

For more information, see the Application Guide.


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