Albion Riverside Park Breaks Ground

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilmember Gil Cedillo joined City staff and community members on May 6 to break ground on the much-anticipated Albion Riverside Park.

The six-acre triangle-shaped project site is situated adjacent to the Los Angeles River, north of Main Street and south of Spring Street. In 2009, the City of Los Angeles purchased the site, formerly a Ross Swiss Dairy distribution center, utilizing funds from Proposition O, LA’s Clean Water Bond, which was passed in 2004. Building demolition and soil remediation at the site was completed in 2013.

The $44 million Albion Riverside Park will include storm water diversion elements and water quality improvement features. Using best management practices such as hydrodynamic separators, bio-swales and bio-retention basins, urban runoff from approximately 300 acres will be diverted, treated and either stored for use or infiltrated into underground aquifers. In addition to improving water quality in the LA River, the project will expand the open space of Downey Park and will increase community access to the Los Angeles River.

Baseball fields and outdoor basketball court in Downey Park will also be improved. The project will add a new parking lot with permeable paving, pedestrian and bike paths, interpretive graphics and signage, trees and shade structures, site landscaping and an open meadow area.

Construction on the new park is due to be complete in early 2019 with the new Albion Riverside Park opening in spring 2019.

A slideshow of renderings shows the park to come.

Photos and renderings courtesy of LA Sanitation and Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering.

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