North Atwater Creek in Atwater Village is one of the many tributaries that feed the Los Angeles River. But finding the seasonal stream is no easy feat since most of it was paved over long ago. On Thursday afternoon, city officials will hold a ground breaking ceremony at what’s left of the creek – a block-long stretch near North Atwater Park – to mark a $1.3 million restoration and park expansion. The banks of the creek will be planted with native landscaping to prevent erosion and help clean storm water before it flows into the nearby Los Angeles River, according to the Department of Public Works, with is working with Recreation and Parks Department on the project. The expansion and restoration, which is expected to be completed in late 2011, will add three acres of parkland near the river. An email newsletter from the city’s Stormwater Program said the restoration will help treat 40 acres of water runoff:
“Ultimately the project, once completed, will demonstrate that big cities can take pro-active measures within their urban area to save and restore impaired habitat. But more importantly, perhaps, this is a second chance for a creek that was once thought to be one of L.A.’s lost streams.”
But why stop at only restoring a small section of North Atwater Creek? The City Project Blog has proposed making the stream and exiting park as the heart of 28-acres of new parkland created from the adjacent Recreation and Parks maintenance yard.
Rendering courtesy Department of Public Works