New Lincoln Heights Park Named in Honor of L.A’s Councilmember Reyes
The project will convert a 1-acre space into new greenway.
By EGP Staff Report
Los Angeles city officials were joined last week by members of the Lincoln Heights community as they broke ground on a new river adjacent green space in the community located a short distance from downtown Los Angeles.
Much to the surprise of 1st District City Councilman Ed P. Reyes, the new park, previously called the Humbolt Greenway, will now be known as the Ed P. Reyes Riverway, a tribute to the councilman’s efforts to revitalize the Los Angeles River.
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Public Works Commissioner Jerilyn Lopez-Mendoza announced the $4-million stormwater project at a press conference last week, and used the occasion to highlight the important role Reyes has played in bringing new interest to the Los Angeles River.
“With your vision and ability to inspire, you have changed the way we regard the Los Angeles River. You have helped Los Angeles realize that what was once a neglected, graffiti-scarred concrete channel is truly the lifeblood of our city,” Mendoza said. “For that, we thank you and honor you with this project.”
The project will convert a 135-acre space, located between Avenue 18 and Avenue 19 in Lincoln Heights, into a stormwater greenway, according to the project announcement. It will take runoff-water though a storm drain beneath Humboldt Street and transport it through landscape features that will cleanse the water of pollutants and trash before releasing it into the Los Angeles River. The project will also include vegetation, trees and an irrigation system. The park will be lit with solar lights, and include bridges, drinking fountains and a bike stop for pedestrians.
Reyes, who heads the City’s Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan, emphasized the importance of public work projects such as this to the improvements to his district and his overall vision for Los Angeles.
“This project is important to the health of the Los Angeles River, the health of the environment, our neighborhoods and our families who live, work and play here” Reyes said.
Reyes has been one of the most adamant backers of efforts to green the L.A. River and return it to its natural state. He has pushed for funding of an Army Corpse of Engineers’ study to determine the feasibility of such a plan.
Enrique C. Zaldivar, the director for the Bureau of Sanitation, said the project will benefit the community in many ways.
“In order for us to reconnect with our Los Angeles River, we must implement projects like this that achieve multiple benefits—a clean river and waterways, better communities, a healthier environment,” Zaldivar said. “Through the green infrastructure showcased here, we are pushing towards our clean water goals while providing opportunities for our Angelenos to experience it up close.”
The Bureau of Sanitation will fund The Ed P. Reyes Riverway and it is expected to be complete by mid 2013.
For more information about The Ed P. Reyes Riverway project, please visit www.eng.lacity.org/iuprs or call the Dept. of Public Works Public Affairs Office at (213) 978-0333.
Editor’s Note: Am earlier version of this story said the new space would be 135 acres. In actuality, the project takes urban runoff from a 135-acre subwatershed or drainage area that all leads to the LA River via the project site.
October 18, 2012 Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.