LOS ANGELES (August 2, 2012) – Los Angeles City Councilmembers José Huizar and Jan Perry, joined community members and officials from the Department of Recreation and Parks and Bureau of Engineering Thursday morning for a ground-breaking ceremony for the Spring Street Park.
The .71-acre park – a welcome addition to Downtown Los Angeles – will be located at 426 South Spring Street on a former parking lot site between the El Dorado and Rowan lofts in Downtown’s Historic Core. State-mandated Quimby funds were used to pay for the acquisition, demolition and construction costs for the new park. In a high-density area like Downtown, new City parks are rare.
Councilmember Perry helped usher in the park to its current state as the former Council representative of the area. Her staff worked to identify the land, worked with park officials to purchase the land, and held countless community meetings to get input from the community on their vision for the park.
:“The development of the Spring Street Park has been a true community effort. From identifying a property owner willing to work with the City to the many community meetings held to collect input, we have seen our collaborative vision translated into a beautifully designed park,” said Councilwoman Jan Perry, who worked with the City family on this process. “I am proud that we are bringing yet another green space to Downtown and I want to thank our community for taking the initiative to come together and help manage the future of this new park.”
As the Councilmember now representing the majority of Downtown, Councilmember Huizar looks forward to helping the community bring the Spring Street Park to its fruition with an expected opening date of summer 2013, as well as working on implementing new policy to help bring new parks and green spaces to Downtown Los Angeles.
“This is a great day for those who live and work in Downtown,” said Councilmember Huizar. “Congratulations to all who helped bring this vital green space to Spring Street and the Historic Core. As Councilmember, providing additional parks and green space in the heart of the City is one of the key tenants in improving livability in Downtown. I look forward to collaborating with the Downtown community on doing just that.”
Preliminary construction on the long-awaited Spring Street Park began in October 2011 with City crews installing an electrical system to power the fountain and park lights, and laying a sprinkler system, a sewer line and a drainage line for storm water.
The recently completed Phase-I work involved site demolition, excavation and shoring to remove all the abandoned basement structures, buried construction debris and uncertified fill.
The site is now ready for Phase II construction of the new park, which is expected to include walking paths, seating, a plaza, trees, a water feature and other landscaping to the nearly one-acre area.
Significant community input was given to City departments at a series of public meetings and special thanks goes out to the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC), the Historic Downtown Los Angeles Business Improvement District, the Friends of the Old Bank District, the Homeowner Associations for the El Dorado and Rowan Lofts, as well as many others.
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