Manchester Neighborhood Greenway Opens

Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, District 8, city officials and local residents dedicated the new Manchester Neighborhood Greenway in South Los Angeles on March 17, 2016.

The $650,000 project converted a neglected pedestrian pathway into a low-maintenance green walkway and features new native shade trees and drought-tolerant landscaping, a walkway of permeable pavers overlaying an infiltration basin, security fencing and gates, and solar-powered lighting for pedestrian safety.

“I’m proud to announce the new Manchester Neighborhood Greenway, a former neglected space that was transformed into an environmentally sustainable path for family-friendly recreational use,” said Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson. “Bringing more green and open spaces to the district has been one of my priorities to make our neighborhoods safe, beautiful and vibrant.”

The new greenway will also help capture urban runoff from the 110 Freeway and surrounding streets, removing oil, grease, metals, trash and other pollutants before returning filtered rainwater to the storm drain system. An underground system will work to capture and infiltrate an estimated 652,000 gallons of storm water runoff into underground aquifers annually. This will help Los Angeles meet water quality requirements in local waterways. “Projects like the Manchester Neighborhood Greenway enable us to capture and clean storm water, replenish our ground water supply and improve our environment,” said Enrique C. Zaldivar, Executive Director of LA Sanitation.

Manchester Neighborhood Greenway project partners and supporters include Council District 8, LA Sanitation, Bureau of Engineering, Caltrans, LAPD, Bureau of Street Services, LA Conservation Corps and the Empowerment Congress Southeast Area Neighborhood Development Council.

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

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