Yesterday was the ground breaking for the South Los Angeles Wetland Park, that 9-acre park that'll rise at 5413 Avalon Blvd, site of a former MTA bus yard. Attending the event, blog View from a Loft reports Phase One of the project is expected to be finished by December 2010, while the Phase Two potion will include the construction of a railroad museum (that news excited the kids who came out for the event). More about the park from the LA Beez: "Located in what is described as a "park-poor area," the newest wetland park is expected to provide residents with a "green haven" adorned with native trees, shrubs, plants, a small lake, a community center, and other features. Nestled in the middle of a residential community with two schools — Dorothy Johnson High School and the Los Angeles Academy Middle School — the park will also include signage describing various plants and wildlife that will serve as an outdoor classroom."
Readers may remember the controversial backstory behind this park: This land was involved in a lawsuit involving...billboards. The abridged version: In order to settle a lawsuit with billboard company Clear Channel, MTA sold this parkland to the city, but under the condition that the city allow blinking digital billboards on MTA land near downtown. Things got a tad ugly. But this park looks pretty.
· Ground Breaking Park in South Los Angeles [View from a Loft]