Yes To Trails, No to Development: Survey reveals what residents want from new L.A. River park

Taylor Yard River Park | Bureau of Engineering

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.

Taylor Yard G2 Flyover from WSP USA on Vimeo.

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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  1. Great news! We need more parcels of land left to provide for bees, birds, and other living beings besides us humans. Trails and nature centers, hiking, walking all shared with our natural neighbors! Love it! Thanks for the update.

    • im open to an italian florenze, european, local touristy, small city next to the river vibe connected to frogtown if its possible, if it belongs there, if its viable i dunno???? (totally different in size i know….) nature/trails are cool too, but make it world class COOL! please.

      • Doesn’t LA have enough “cool touristy” Areas? Anyways, it is not possible to build Italian towns that are over 600 years old, just like you cannot plant 100 year old trees. If you want to see modern attempts to recreate old places in Italy, try visiting the Strip in Vegas.

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