Sandwiched between a parking lot and a tagged-up industrial building, the setting for the block-long Ed P. Reyes River Greenway is probably not a place where you would envision Lincoln Heights residents gathering to enjoy the outdoors by a stream, water fall and foot bridge. But city officials say the one-acre greenway, which stretches from Avenue 19 and Humboldt Street to the Gold Line tracks along the Los Angeles River, serves as a creative example of not only building new parkland near the L.A. River but also cleaning stormwater runoff.
In this case, the water that will flow through the middle of the Reyes River Greenway, named after the former First District Councilman, will come from the city’s storm drain system. The water fall pumps, as well as the lights along the path that loops around the one-acre park, will be powered by solar energy collected by panels on the site. An underground biofiltration system helps clean and collect the storm water using a natural treatment process. Some of that treated storm water will then be used to irrigate the greenway.
The city’s L.A.Stormwater blog Program said of the greenway:
This project will enhance Los Angeles River water quality by removing pollutants (oil, bacteria, trash) from dry-weather urban runoff, provide natural habitat and community recreational opportunities, and promote the idea that urban streams are a valuable resource to be enjoyed.”
While much of the landscaping and bridge has been completed, the opening of the greenway is still months away, according to a city employee on the site.