August 15, 2009 § 1 Comment
In October 2009, L.A. Creek Freak reported details about a proposed new Los Angeles River Park at the current site of Studio City Golf and Tennis; for text explaining this proposal, see that earlier post. At the time, the visuals weren’t available for the press. I later received them from Esther Feldman, the president of Community Conservancy International. I forgot to run them at the time…
Recently I attended a meeting hosted by California Senators Judy Chiu and Fran Pavely to present and discuss river and waterway projects in the San Fernando Valley, and I saw another presentation on what’s now called the Studio City “Los Angeles River Natural Park” proposal. Below are the images. The group, which emerged from the Studio City Residents Association, promoting this project now has its own website: Save L.A. River Open Space. The site includes these images in a downloadable color Vision and Design report (pdf.) If you’re interested in getting involved in this project email “saveopenspace [at] SLAROS.org”
The overall design features multi-use green space on the site, and trail connections along the river.
Habitat elements include preserving existing trees, and adding a new creekbed bioswale that drains to the river.
The park would treat stormwater from the surrounding neighborhood.
Water quality features would include the main large creekbed bioswale (receiving rainwater from street run-off), cisterns, and infiltration areas.
The existing (golf and tennis) uses would be preserved, though with smaller footprints.
Access to the site would be mainly via bike and walk paths along the river.