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From 'nasty' to beautiful: the impact of turning a giant landfill into a park

A dog park, picnic areas, and hiking trails

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to move forward with a plan to turn what was once the nation’s largest municipal dump into a massive public park, says a post on the website for County Supervisor Hilda Solis.

The supervisors voted to approve a "long range master plan" that will eventually turn more than 100 acres of the former landfill into a new regional park with trails for a variety of uses (biking, hiking, etc.), an area for outdoor performances, a dog park, multiple picnic areas, and family-oriented nature programming.

"We hope the revitalization of this 142 acre space serve as a recreational haven for families in the region," Solis said.

A new video shows what that revitalization will look like, offering glimpses of renderings and showing off expansive views of the mountains and San Gabriel Valley basin from the site.

The short film also shows how big of an impact the now-shuttered landfill will have on the community once it becomes a park.

As one supporter of the landfill-to-park conversion explains, "I’ve been living next to this landfill for about a decade now, and I used to smell the landfill from the freeway and from my home ... [the park conversion] is a great opportunity for us to turn something that was so ugly and nasty to one that is beautiful."