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Concrete-Laden Arts District Getting A Half-Acre Park In 2015

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The Arts District has its charms--restaurants, SCI-Arc lectures--but green space is not one of them. But now there are finally plans for a long-sought half-acre park, slated for an empty parcel on Hewitt Street, behind Urth Caffe. Councilmember Jose Huizar, the Los Angeles River Artists and Business Association, and the Department of Recreation and Parks held a community meeting last night about the $1.6-million park, which will be paid for with Quimby funds from developers (the cash is already in hand). A final design will be chosen at another community meeting next month, according to Rick Coca in Huizar's office, with work starting in the fall and an opening in summer 2015. The Hewitt park will probably not allow dogs, though there's a dog park just around the corner on Fourth.
· Meeting Tonight for Proposed Arts District Park [DN]