Places to Visit: Ballona Creek Bike Path Sculpture Gates and Mini-Parks

June 30, 2010 § 11 Comments

McConnell Avenue gate by Brett Goldstone 2009

After yesterday’s talk, I rode the Ballona Creek Bike Path and checked out the still-relatively-new art gates there. In an earlier L.A. Creek Freak post, Jessica covered the gates’ and mini-parks’ December 4th 2009 dedication. Additional online coverage can be found at Ballona Creek Renaissance’s (BCR) April 2010 newsletter. After the jump are listing and mapping of the gate/park sites, and photos of the gates as they appear today.  

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Ballona Creekfreak’s Celebration

December 10, 2009 § 1 Comment

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas looks on while Ballona Creek-freaks unveil plans for the Mar Vista Greenway, a project of the MRCA.

Last week saw the grand opening of a series of gateway parks to the Ballona Creek bike trail.  This celebratory gathering of Ballona Creek-freaks was hosted by the park’s sponsors, the Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority (MRCA), and County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, who gave a great pep talk trying motivate folks to pick up shovels and plant trees.  Unfortunately we were a somewhat sedate bunch.

The new parks are located at the Inglewood Avenue, Sepulveda Blvd, and McConnell entries to the bike path.  The “Mar Vista Greenway” will be a 1/2 mile long stretch of the creek landscaped with native vegetation, an exciting next step following the MRCA’s beautification and habitat plantings at Centinela Avenue, Culver City’s landscaping plans at Overland, and the Mid-City Neighborhood Council’s and North East Tree’s work on the Mid-City reach of Ballona.

Stay tuned for more on creating a continuous greenway on Ballona.  There’s lots in the works.

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