Images of Future Compton Creek Park

November 11, 2010 § 1 Comment

Aerial showing location of future Compton Creek Park. The initial 4-acre park site is in light green, shaped like a U with wings. The darker green parcels on the right are planned future phases. North is to the upper left. Compton Creek flows from left to right through the middle of the image - and is unfortunately lidded in mid-frame. The light blue on the right is the more natural earthen bottom creekbed. The Metro Blue Line runs diagonally from upper left to bottom right, with Artesia Station at the bottom middle of the image. The 91 Artesia Freeway or Gardena Freeway is diagonal on the right.

When the Environmental Protection Agency’s Lisa Jackson announced the L.A. River’s navigability determination in July 2010, that big announcement overshadowed the day’s other great news: the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority’s (MRCA) purchase of 4 acres along and in Compton Creek. Creek Freak’s Jessica Hall wrote about the Compton Creek park project earlier here – including  showing the property map and discussing some possible cross-sections for restoration projects. Today, creek freak brings you some images: what the site looks like today, where the acquisition parcels are, and renderings of what the inital phase of the park could look like. Images are courtesy of Mia Lehrer + Associates and the MRCA. « Read the rest of this entry »


Piggybacking on good news

July 16, 2010 § 16 Comments

"Broadened River" and new development concept for the Piggyback Yards. Source:

"River Strand" concept with new development at the Piggyback Yards. Source:

Even while LA River advocates were busy fighting to protect the river in a controversy over its Clean Water Act status, some of the same defenders were actively pursuing a vision for the river as it can be, balancing flood protection, habitat and development. Yesterday, Friends of the Los Angeles River unfolded this vision, put together by talented urban designers, architects, and landscape architects, at a press conference on the roof of the Sheriff’s Department parking lot – the perfect venue to see the target of all this visioning: the Piggyback Yards along the Los Angeles River.

Two alternatives explore the possibilities for restoring a reach of the Los Angeles River, providing off-channel flood storage, open space, urban connectivity, and infill development. Big props to Lewis MacAdams and FOLAR for conceiving and shepherding the vision, bringing the designers together with rail experts, hydrologists and hydraulic engineers, planners and agency folks – and big props to the design teams of Perkins+Will, Mia Lehrer + Associates, Michael Maltzin Architects, and Chee Salette Architecture Office. And, personal thanks to Mia Lehrer for giving me an opportunity to also be part of the team looking at riparian restoration issues! It’s exciting to see restoration design become integrated with vision planning for Los Angeles.

Check out the vision in detail at this beautiful website by Jackie Kain and her crew on the Piggyback Yards.

Images of Possible River Improvements at Universal

January 17, 2009 § 2 Comments


Rendering of Potential LA River Greenway upstream of Universal (view southwest from Lankershim Bridge)

Rendering of Potential LA River Greenway upstream of Universal (view southwest from Lankershim Bridge)

In an earlier entry, Jessica mentioned Universal’s planned expansion and its potential impacts on the Los Angeles River which runs along its northern edge.  Universal is looking to expand and renovate its facilities.  This project is currently under environmental review.  Bicyclists and river advocates are urging Universal to include the river bikeway and greenway as part of their development; the studio has been somewhat resistant to allowing a publicly accessible greenway to run along their backlot.

Context Map - the river is running horizontally here, with Universal in the lower left corner

Context Map - the Los Angeles River is running horizontally through the middle, with Universal in the lower right corner and the 101 Freeway diagonally on the left.

Here’s where I confess that I haven’t followed this one really closely… and I had been holding off running these images until I get more background, but then I decided to run them anyway, because I think they look great, and it’s important to get them out while the issues are still before us.

These designs were commissioned by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy to show a possible mitigation alternative that would be located just west of Universal.  The project would extend from Lankershim to the 101 Freeway and would literally bridge together the top and bottom of Weddington Park.  Thanks to Mia Lehrer + Associates for creating these renderings and for providing them to creek freak.  This alternative was provided to Universal during their environmental review comment process, and we’ll conintue to track the planned Universal development. 

Proposed Bridge over Los Angeles Connecting Greenways along North and South Weddington Park

Proposed Bridge over Los Angeles River connecting Greenways along North and South Weddington Park


Proposed Greenway along the East Fork of the Tujunga Wash (parallels the 101 Freeway and enters the LA River at Weddington Park)

Proposed Greenway along the East Fork of the Tujunga Wash (parallels the 101 Freeway and enters the LA River at Weddington Park)

If any knowledgable readers are interested in contributing a guest blog or comments or additional background on the Universal project, please add comments below, or contact us at lacreekfreak {at} gmail {dot} com.

Draft Compton Creek study available for comments

December 18, 2008 § 5 Comments

Compton!  This could be your creek!

Compton! This could be your creek! (download the study for more info)

The Watershed Council’s draft study looking at the feasibility of enhancing the habitat on the soft-bottom reach of Compton Creek is out!  And has been for a few weeks, er, Creekfreak has some catching up to do in passing along creek news!  It was as if Alex Kennefick, Compton Creek Watershed Coordinator, was speaking directly to me when he sent out this notice:

If you are a procrastinator, your tendencies have been rewarded.

We have pushed back the deadline to submit comments on the Draft Earthen Bottom Enhancement Feasibility Study until the close of business on January 16, 2009.  That’s right, you can enjoy the Draft Enhancement Feasibility Study at your home or office through the rest of 2008, and make no comments until January 16, 2009.  How is the Watershed Council able to make such an excellent value possible?

It’s easy: some of our institutional stakeholders have requested more time to fully review the document.


Following are directions on how to download the Draft Study from our FTP Site:

Use either Microsoft Internet Explorer or Microsoft Explorer

Navigate to

When prompted, enter username ‘lasg’ and password ‘watershed’.

Then simply drag the file ‘081201_CCEBEFS_review_draft.pdf’ onto your desktop, or cut and past the file into the folder of your choice.

The file will take from 15 minutes to an hour to download, depending on your connection speed.

Please contact me with any questions.

Alex Kenefick

Lower Los Angeles River and Compton Creek Watershed Coordinator

Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council

700 N. Alameda Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 229-9948 

This is the study referenced in Compton Creek Fantasia.  And as in that post: conflict of interest alert: I am part of the design team that put this study together.  Mia Lehrer & Associates and Restoration Design Group partnered on this project.  

Ok, with that out of the way, I am hopeful that we can increase habitat in Compton Creek.  Your input will help make this a better study – please take a moment to download the study and send your comments to Alex.

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