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Councilman Tony Cardenas (CD6) with Bureau of Sanitation GM Rita Robinson.

Brandishing gold shovels, City of Los Angeles Council members Tony Cardenas and Jan Perry and representatives from the Departments of Water and Power, Public Works and Recreation and Parks broke ground on the Cesar Chavez Recreational Complex in Sun Valley.

The recreational complex will be built on a city-owned 41-acre site formerly used as a municipal landfill known as the Sheldon-Arleta Landfill. It will include dual benefits to the community – replenishing groundwater through infiltration and providing recreational opportunities, which will include soccer and baseball fields, basketball courts, jogging and bicycle paths, a children’s play area and picnic areas for Los Angeles residents.

Proposition O will fund Phase I of the Cesar Chavez Recreational Complex. Phase I of the project is intended to restore the water spreading capacity in the adjacent Tujunga Spreading Grounds through the renovation of an existing landfill gas collection system for the former landfill. The City anticipates that this project will increase the current level of water in the adjacent Tujunga Spreading Grounds from 50 cubic feet per second [cfs] to 250 cubic feet per second during wet weather. This significant increase would greatly lessen the amount of urban runoff flowing through the Los Angeles River watershed and provide beneficial relief to the local water demand. An added bonus is that Phase I of this project will assist the City in continuing to meet both dry and wet weather federal mandates governing the Los Angeles River watershed.

Phase II of the project consists of extensive grading and earthwork to provide additional cover and to establish proper drainage patterns for the complex. Phase III involves the development of the park and recreational areas for the site. In addition to Proposition O, this project is being funded by Proposition K, Proposition 40, Proposition 12, the Department of Water and Power, and the Urban Development Action Grant Program.

Attending the groundbreaking ceremonies were Councilmember Tony Cardenas (Council District 6), Councilmember Jan Perry (Council District 9), Department of Water and Power General Manager Ronald Deaton, Department of Recreation and Parks General Manager Jon K. Mukri, former Board of Public Works Commissioner Yolanda Fuentes, Bureau of Sanitation Director Rita Robinson and City Engineer Gary Lee Moore.

For more information on the City’s Proposition/Bond Measure O efforts, please visit the LA Prop O web site.