Lincoln Park Gateway Gets $500,000 Face Lift

By EGP News Report

Complaints that a Lincoln Heights area park has been allowed to deteriorate, may soon turn to praise as Los Angeles city workers put the final touches on a $500,000 upgrade to Lincoln Park.

Since August, workers have been busy transforming the Lincoln Park Gateway, located at the entrance of the park in front of Plaza de la Raza, back to its original grandeur.

The State Proposition 40 funded project is a joint collaboration between Los Angeles’ Department of Recreation and Parks, which owns and will maintain the structure, the Bureau of Engineering that is directing construction management and design services, and the Department of General Services, which is acting as the general contractor, Bill Lee of the Bureau of Engineering told EGP.

Earlier this month, the gateway was fenced off as work on the historic structure was underway. (EGP photo by Gloria Angelina Castillo)

Lee said the various departments are working as a team and “taking pride and ownership” in the project, which includes the historic preservation and structural restoration of the Lincoln Park Gateway built in 1931 in the Early Art Deco style.

The gateway entrance features four major pylons, each with an electric luminarias (light), six built-in benches decorated with glazed terracotta tiles, a terracotta drinking fountain, an ornamental fountain featuring a glazed water spout, and an array of settled patterned ornamental walls, Lee told EGP.

The historic restoration of the gateway conforms to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. Old photographs were used to replicate the gateway’s lights. Lee said.

The restoration project aims to fix years of wear and tear and damage caused by skateboards and other misuse. Lead-based paint mitigation procedures had to be used while removing about 20-layers of paint, according to Lee.

Missing tiles were replicated to look aged and some were restored. Skate-stops have been installed on the benches, and graffiti will be painted over, Lee said.

The gateways’ infrastructure—pluming, conduits and electrical wiring—were updated and the street received a new sidewalk and will have new landscaping, he said.

The project will be completed by Jan. 31, ahead of schedule, Lee said.

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January 27, 2011  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

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