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Project: Elysian Valley Gateway Park Improvements

Description: In 1995, the creation of the Elysian Valley Gateway Park at Knox Avenue and the Los Angeles River was literally and figuratively a major watershed event in the river revitalization effort. Acquisition and conversion of this small residential lot into a tree-shaded park along the LA River became a must-see stop for elected officials, city and county planners, and environmentalists to help them envision how the river might be made accessible and greener, and triggered subsequent projects along the river. Los Angeles County Prop A-1992 funds made the initial modest improvements possible. Since 23 years have passed, renovations for this well-used neighborhood and River Bikeway-adjacent park are needed. In addition to newer best management practices for stormwater diversion and capture and other water enhancement and native habitat plantings, the project will include additional trees, seating, interpretive elements, and very importantly, will open the park more to the river and bikeway. Community input was sought in two public workshops last year.

Reference Number: 3810P011816

Implemented By: Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority

Objective: In 1995, the creation of the Elysian Valley Gateway Park at Knox Avenue and the Los Angeles River was literally and figuratively a major watershed event in the river revitalization effort. Acquisition and conversion of this small residential lot into a tree-shaded park along the LA River became a must-see stop for elected officials, city and county planners, and environmentalists to help them envision how the river might be made accessible and greener, and triggered subsequent projects along the river. Los Angeles County Prop A-1992 funds made the initial modest improvements possible. Since 23 years have passed, renovations for this well-used neighborhood and River Bikeway-adjacent park are needed. In addition to newer best management practices for stormwater diversion and capture and other water enhancement and native habitat plantings, the project will include additional trees, seating, interpretive elements, and very importantly, will open the park more to the river and bikeway. Community input was sought in two public workshops last year.

Type: Recreation/Access/Interpretation, Infrastructure Improvement

Total Cost: $850,000.00

Project Status: Preliminary/Planning

On Time?: Yes    Within Scope?: Yes    Within Budget?: Yes

Estimated Completion: 6/30/2020    Actual Completion:

Associated Counties: Los Angeles

Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC): Yes

Contribution SourcesContribution DateContribution Amount
  $850,000.00
Prop. 1, Urban Creek (LA River)11/28/2018$850,000.00


Project MetricMetric TopicQuantityUnit
Recreation/Access/InterpretationNew/Improved Public Access (other than coastal)  
Infrastructure ImprovementSite Amenities/ Access Improvements (benches, parking, piers, etc..)  

Water Action Plan Target

    
Make Conservation a California Way of LifeAction Description
Protect and Restore Important EcosystemsAction Description
Manage and Prepare for Dry PeriodsAction Description
Expand Water Storage Capacity and Improve Groundwater ManagementAction Description
Provide Safe Water for All CommunitiesAction Description
Increase Flood ProtectionAction Description
Increase Operational and Regulatory EfficiencyAction Description
Identify Sustainable and Integrated Financing OpportunitiesAction Description

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