Freeway cap parks (that is, parks built on top of freeways) are proposed for Downtown, Hollywood, and Santa Monica, but for most of us they remain fuzzy ideas that sound like something Portland would be into (ok, Seattle actually has the most notable US example). But wouldn't you know--La Cañada Flintridge, on the edge of the Angeles National Forest, has already built one over the area where the 210 and the 2 converge. Blogger Brigham Yen recently took a tour of Memorial Park, which looks pretty phenomenal, especially if you've ever looked down on the bustling 101. La Cañada Flintridge's park is about an acre and a half and, as you can see in the video, is used by families, as well as a farmers' market. According to an old Glendale News-Press story, the park first started coming together around 2003 and at the time was only set to cost $780,000, which seems unbelievably cheap. For comparison, the 44 acre Hollywood Freeway park is set to cost about $1 billion.
· La Cañada's Park a Model for Downtown [Brigham Yen]