Construction at Confluence Park
May 25, 2010 § 8 Comments
I was glad to see construction proceeding at Confluence Park today. In early 2008 construction started there, but then stopped in late 2008 or early 2009 when state bond funds were frozen. I don’t have much recent insider information on this project, so I’ll try to get more details and pass them along to our readers. What follows is basic information on where and what Confluence Park is.
Confluence Park is a project of the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) – the state agency that’s been responsible for much of the wilderness parks in the Santa Monica Mountains and nearly all of the pocket parks along the Los Angeles River. They received project funding from the state park bond Prop 12, and also some federal transportation funding to make the area more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly.
The project celebrates the historic confluence of the Arroyo Seco and the Los Angeles River. This area was described in 1769 in what is the earliest written account of the Los Angeles area. That account is transcribed here – at bottom of post. The area today is also the confluence of the 5 Freeway and the 110 Freeway.
The Arroyo Seco enters the Los Angeles River just east of the 110 Freeway, adjacent to Avenue 19 (very close to the old Lincoln Heights Jail.) Confluence Park is expected to be built in phases on multiple parcels. The initial parcel, acquired in 2003, is located on the north-northwest corner of the intersection of North Figueroa Drive and San Fernando Road – adjacent to the Cypress Park Home Depot.
Above is an early MRCA plan for the park, which would extend from Home Depot to the far side of the Arroyo Seco channel. This would include relocating the city of Los Angeles’ ~2-acre street tree yard, located between Avenue 19 and San Fernando Road. In addition to the MRCA’s plans, the city is tearing down and rebuilding the Riverside-Figueroa Bridge, which lands in the park. Plans for that project (below) shape the park, including the bridge ending at a traffic circle at the Riverside/Figueroa/San Fernando intersection.
The park’s initial triangular phase, under construction adjacent to Home Depot’s parking lot, is approximately a half-acre and will include a plaza area with a fountain. Below are a couple more photos taken through the chain-link construction fence this morning.
I will see if I can find more information regarding a timeline and when this new park will open.