When thinking of a park, the first images that come people’s mind are children playing, families having picnics and couples holding hands as they walk the sprinkled green grass, but that’s not what crosses the mind of some residents of La Mirada, at least when the recreational area in question is their own local Creek Park.
“I love this place, but I believe it’s haunted”, says resident Thelma Rios while jogging a lonely and dusty trail in the morning. “There are neighbors who rumor that you can hear and see supernatural stuff at night, and to be honest the park looks beautiful in the daytime, but really creepy when the sun sets”, she adds.
Located along the La Mirada flood control channel, the 26-acre green land is guaranteed to scare even the bravest, say ghosts’ enthusiasts; not only because of its imposing lushy trees that seem to murmur to each other on windy nights, its gloomy amphitheater, or its odd fire ring located at the eastern end of the parkland, but also because of its two incorporeal visitors.
Whoever dares to remain as every light goes off in the park, visitors leave to their homes and police makes its last round, will likely experience the supernatural phenomena. You will see or hear the first spectre of a little girl across the old wooden bridge, right on top of a stair case full bush on its sides and where the dusty and lonely trail extends. Allegedly the spirit seems to recreate the moment in which she loses sight of her mother and nervously starts calling for her. While some people claims to have heard her echoing and worried voice through the bridge, others say they have seen her shape but never her face or extremities.
“She stands still. The park is too dark to see how she looks or what she’s wearing, but the moment you hear her you will know she belongs to the nonliving. From there, your adrenaline will rush and you will start running without turning back, or you will be so invaded by fear that your body will paralyze as you start sweating cold and hot all over. It happened to me”, says Raymond B., a resident of La Mirada. “I will not say my last name because neighbors may recognize me. I don’t want them to think I’m crazy, but I know what I saw”, he laughs nervously.
Not enough with the creepy sightings of a little girl, other say that near to her location you can also encounter the spirit of a hooded man who makes his walk toward the squeaky bridge.
To finalize, many witnesses believe that these two souls were the victims of alleged satanic ritual that were held at the recreational area back in the 80’s, and that they are trying to prevent visitor from something sinister that happened to them.