A survey of what residents want out of a planned 42-acre park next to the L.A. River showed a preference for a natural and “passive” park with walking and jogging trails, nature and play area for kids and places to picnic and hold cultural events.
Those were the major findings of a community survey conducted earlier this year as officials work on more detailed concepts to turn a barren, former railroad property on the border of Cypress Park and Glassell Park into Taylor Yard G2 River Park.
The 42-acre site, once owned by the Union Pacific Railroad, sits between the L.A. River and Rio de Los Angeles State Park, with tracks used by Metrolink commuter trains separating the two properties. The future parkland was purchased by the city last year for about $50 million. But the cost of actually cleaning up the contaminated soil and building the park could top $200 million.
The survey, which reflects the responses of more than 1,300 people, covered several topics, ranging from what activities and structures they would like to see at the park to signage and events.
When asked what they didn’t want to see in the park, some of the top responses included residential and commercial development. Many also preferred that the park generate revenue from events instead of allowing for development.
The design team is now using the survey results to shape three potential conceptual designs for Taylor Yard G2, said Mary Nemick, spokeswoman for the city’s Bureau of Engineering.
“These 3 concepts will be shared with the community over the next several months, and could change based on input from the community and stakeholders, or due to the forthcoming recommendations for site remediation,” Nemick said.
But it will be several years before what is now a barren piece of land begins to resemble a park After another round of public review, a single concept will be recommended and then submitted to the City Council for approval, Nemick said. Then comes more detailed planning and an environmental clean up.
All that means that the first phase of the park won’t open for another 3 to 5 years, Nemick said.
Which activities/features would you like to see in the Taylor Yard G2 River Park?
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