Sunnynook River Park Groundbreaking

July 25, 2012 § 8 Comments

Sunnynook River Park groundbreaking: golden shovels lifting ceremonial soil. Visible from left to right City Engineer Gary Moore, Councilmember Garcetti, Councilmember Reyes, Councilmember LaBonge, Recreation & Parks Assistant General Manager Kevin Regan, FoLAR founder Lewis MacAdams, and State Assemblymember Mike Gatto

Before a crowd of about 90, the city of Los Angeles broke ground on Sunnynook River Park this morning. The new Atwater Village park will be located in the mostly vacant area on the southwest bank of the Los Angeles River, between Glendale Boulevard and Los Feliz Boulevard – immediately downstream of the Sunnynook footbridge. « Read the rest of this entry »

Sunnynook River Park Inches Forward

November 5, 2009 § 1 Comment

Sunnynook River Park location

Location of the planned Sunnynook River Park (from the city of L.A. via LAist)

This week, the city of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) board approved permission for the city to proceed with constructing Sunnynook River Park. The future park will be located along the southwest bank of the Los Angeles River, exteding from the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge to the Sunnynook Footbridge. The 3.4-acre park site, sandwiched between the 5 Freeway and the river bike path, and includes an easement for DWP power transmission lines.

The city has been awarded $1.7M to build the park… but that’s nearly all state bond funds, which have been delayed and frozen and re-frozen and damned to hell due to the state budget crisis.  So there’s no real time-line for when construction will start. Nonetheless, it’s great to see that the city is moving forward getting all their permissions in order to be ready when the approved funding becomes available.

More details on Sunnynook River Park from Creek Freak’s article about it last year. More coverage of this week’s DWP approval at LAist and at Atwater Village News.

Recent News, Upcoming Events

August 22, 2008 § Leave a comment

I am hoping to make this a regular LA Creek Freak feature – brief headlines with links, also announcing upcoming events:

EPA intercedes on LA River navigability.  This is very good news!  The Environmental Protection Agency EPA can overrule the Army Corps designating much of the LA River as non-navigable.  Rivers determined to be navigable receive greater protection under the federal Clean Water Act.  Read more info here: LA Times  Aquafornia Blog  Daniel’s News & Views Blog

Sewage Spill on Compton Creek.  On Tuesday August 12th, a sewer line rupture in Watts caused more than 20,000 tons of untreated sewage to enter Compton Creek and the lower Los Angeles River.  County Health officials closed Long Beaches for days. Read more info here: LB Press Telegram  Long Beach Seen

LA City busts drought or wastes water?  Responding to videos of wasteful water practices, Mayor Villaraigosa admonishes city departments to abide by water conservation measures.  LA Times

Upcoming Events:

Central Arroyo Seco Stream Restoration Dedication Ceremony – Wednesday, August 27th, 4pm, Brookside Park, Pasadena view invitation

Sunnynook River Park Public Input Workshop – Thursday, September 4th, 6:30pm, Griffith Park Ranger Station, 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, LA  view past Creek Freak blog  view Councilmember LaBonge announcement

Planned Sunnynook River Park

July 29, 2008 § 2 Comments

Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge and the city Bureau of Engineering held a meeting tonight to share plans for a new 3.4 acre park on the L.A. River. It’s located in the elongated property bounded by the river, the Sunnynook Footbridge, the 5 Freeway, and the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge.

It’s a $1.7M dollar project, with $1.35M coming from the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and another $350K from a Caltrans Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation grant. That’s fairly cheap for a park this size, mostly because there’s no land acquisition costs – as the site is publicly owned (looks like it’s partially Caltrans and partially County Flood Control District.)

Draft designs presented via powerpoint (the slide show is available on the city website) show a habitat park with plenty of native trees and shrubs, some interpretive signage, a small outdoor classroom, berms to mitigate freeway noise, a picnic area, and a small depressed swale area that will collect and infiltrate stormwater. Mercifully, there’s no new parking. Folks can access the site from the bike trail or the Sunnynook Footbridge. If need be, they can park at the nearby Griffith Park Rec Center parking lot and walk across the ped bridge over the freeway.

Community members present seemed fairly supportive of the concept, though a few did express concerns about graffiti and homeless persons. Another concern expressed was that the city hasn’t worked on sites closer to where folks live on the northeast side of the river. After the meeting, one longterm river supporter expressed concern to me that the site is planned to be used as a construction staging area for the city’s planned widening of the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge and that this could put much of the new park out of commission for a few years.

The city is taking comments on the draft plan now through August 8th. Learn more about the proposal by downloading the slideshow, which includes contact information details for your comments.

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