City makes a move to buy Taylor Yard riverfront parcel

City is interested in buying riverfront parcel that would be restored in green space/Army Corps of Engineers

By Tony Cella

The City Council has moved to begin negotiations to buy more than 40 acres of the former Taylor Yard rail yard on the border of Cypress Park and  Glassell Park and turn the contaminated land  into  public green space and restored wetlands along the L.A. River.

City staff has been directed to “immediately enter” into negotiations with Union Pacific Railroad Company to purchase what is known as Taylor Yard parcel G2, a 42-acre wedge of riverfront that sits between the L.A. River and Rio de Los Angeles State Park. The city has been interested in purchasing the property, which has been described as a “crown jewel” of riverfront properties, for more than a decade.

“The site is ideal for the development of a vast wetlands/water cleansing landscape and public green space in an area of the city with limited open space,” according to the motion by Councilman Gil Cedillo . “If the Taylor Yard G2 parcel is acquired, it will be the region’s premiere urban ecosystem, greenspace-supporting riparian habitat, diverse native vegetation and abundant wildlife.”

The motion was approved by the City council but but how much is this going to cost? Cedillo declined to comment for this story but at one point about $25 million in Prop. 0 funds – used to for clean-water projects – had been budgeted for the project. A spokesman for councilmember Mitch O’Farrell said that the  price of the parcel is not known.

The negotiations to buy the property were given the green light as city and other local leaders lobby for a $1 billion plan to restore the L.A. River.

Tony Cella is a freelance reporter who has covered crime and grime in Los Angeles, New York City and the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. Click here to contact Cella with questions, comments or concerns.


  1. Very cool!

  2. I’m sure they could get a pretty good deal if they agree to call it “Union Pacific Park”.

    • That would have the unfortunate nickname of “U.P. Park.”

      Besides, it was a Southern Pacific yard for most if it’s existence.

  3. Yeah!!!!!! Best news I have heard in a long time!!!!!This will transform an urban area into am Eco wonderland! Joy to the world. Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea and joy to you and me!

  4. Save The Los Angeles River

    This is yet another effort to waste a lot of money on another park project where there already is a ton of park land. MO should be trying to get park land for those areas that need and want park space instead of wasting taxpayer money on something that if it comes to be will benefit only a few. The May says more than $200 million has already been spent on parks and projects at the river that very, very few use. Isn’t it time to stop wasting money and put it to use where it is needed and where it will benefit the most people?

    • Over and over again we hear “Save the Los Angeles River” ‘s bitter and inaccurate comments. In fact, the parks are used and more are needed, especially in ways that grow the habitat and wonderland that is the LA River in the Glendale Narrows. Ever spend time at the Rio Park on a Sunday afternoon? Ever take a bike ride along the river from Atwater to Frogtown? Ever spend a moment at the skate park near Marsh Park? This posters appreciation of parks seems to be limited to his own common LA River activiting- interfering with wildlife by throwing breadcrumbs at wild birds (not helpful or healthy for them.)

      Too much time on his hands and too many bitter, conspiratorial thoughts bouncing around in his head.

  5. Sounds like a fantastic idea! Hope they get a decent price for it, though…

  6. I just hope the city gets someone different from whomever designed the landscape trainwreck that is the current Rio de Los Angeles State Park.

  7. This would be great for the city! We NEED green space especially in frogtown, along the Cypres Park area. This is great for the neighborhood

  8. How will Prop P not passing affect this?

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