North Atwater Park to Be Celebrated Along LA River Banks

You are invited to join Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge, City officials and community residents along the banks of the Los Angeles River on April 12, 2012 to celebrate the grand opening of the North Atwater Park Expansion and Creek Restoration project. Here are the specifics:

Date:  Thursday, April 12, 2012

Time:  9:30 a.m.

Location:  North Atwater Park, 3900 W. Chevy Chase Dr., Los Angeles, 90039

As the lead project for the City of Los Angeles’ proposed Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan, the restoration of North Atwater Creek and expansion of North Atwater Park perfectly embodies the objectives of Los Angeles’ renewal of the river. It is a microcosm of what the City hopes to achieve up and down the river’s 51 miles in years to come.

The project uses both structural and natural solutions to restore this natural creek and expand its park, simultaneously improving water quality and creating green space for local residents and habitat for wildlife. A trash collection device at the top of the park will capture polluted runoff flowing from the 40 acres of urban residential neighborhoods north of the creek. An outdoor classroom gathering space and native demonstration garden provide educational opportunities. Interpretive signage along meandering LA River-access paths further enhances a park-goer’s experience.

For more on this project, please read our October 2010 blog post, A Forgotten Creek Will Lead the Way.

This project was funded in part by Proposition 50 and undertaken in connection with the settlement of two Clean Water Act enforcement actions (Santa Monica Baykeeper v. City of Los Angeles and United States, and the State of California ex Rel. California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Region v. City of Los Angeles).

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