Sunday, December 12, 2010

Atwater Village Park Expansion

Ground has been broken for an expansion of North Atwater Park and a related creek restoration project. Three acres of parkland between the creek and the Los Angeles River will feature a picnic area, demonstration garden, outdoor classroom, concrete play tunnel and sand play area. The creek restoration will involve native plantings to prevent erosion and to improve water quality by cleaning storm water before it hits the river.
Councilmember Tom LaBonge, who represents North Atwater Village on the Los Angeles City Council, was joined by two Northeast Los Angeles colleagues, Ed Reyes and Eric Garcetti, for the groundbreaking. After the formal ceremony, LaBonge enthusiastically led guests to a section of the river where nature is at work reclaiming the space.
“There's so much history and meaning right here, and nobody has a bad day at a park,” LaBonge told attendees.
The project will cost $1.3 million and is partially funded through voter-approved Proposition 50. It is part of the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan. Completion is expected by the end of 2011.

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