City Officials Celebrate Hansen Dam Recreation Area Enhancements

Los Angeles City Councilmember Richard Alarcón of the 7th District, city officials and community stakeholders celebrated today the completion of two public works enhancements at the Hansen Dam Recreation Center. The skate park is a much anticipated addition to the recreation center that will cater to the North East San Fernando Valley skateboard enthusiasts. The wetlands restoration and new parking lot are stormwater quality enhancements that will remove pollutants from urban runoff before draining into Hansen Lake.

“Today, we announce improvements that will enhance environmental harmony at Hansen Dam,” said Councilmember Alarcón. “These improvements beautify the best park in the Valley and will expand the ways families can use these facilities.”

The skate park is a 6,000-square foot concrete development that includes rails, bowls, banks and other skateboarding features, as well as new native planting, an irrigation system, and a drinking fountain. The $670,000 improvement was funded by Proposition 40 and began construction in spring 2011. The park has been well-utilized since its unofficial opening in early February. Project design and construction was managed by the Dept. of Public Works Bureau of Engineering in collaboration with the Dept. of Recreation and Parks.

The Hansen Dam wetlands restoration and parking lot project were funded by the voter-approved Proposition O Clean Water Bond to mitigate stormwater pollution from a 133-acre sub watershed that drains into the Hansen Lake. Through stormwater features like bioswales, infiltration basins, new trees and native shrubs that blend into Hansen Dam’s natural landscape, stormwater is naturally cleansed of trash, bacteria, sediments and other contaminants. The improvement is therefore able to protect the water quality in Hansen Lake, and preserve precious habitat for federally-endangered species like the Least Bell’s Vireo. The $2.5-million project is one of more than 30 projects funded by Proposition O. The project was proposed for fiscal support by the Mountains Recreation and Conservancy Authority and was shepherded through by the Dept. of Public Works Bureaus of Sanitation and Engineering.

For more information about these projects, please visit http://eng.lacity.org/iuprs/ or call the Dept. of Public Works Public Affairs Office at (213) 978-0333.

*Photos Courtesy of City of Los Angeles, Dept. of Public Works.

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    Lionel
    March 2nd, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    I did not know that the city planned building a “skate park”?! I don’t know about this but I do like cleaner water though! 🙂

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