Councilmember LaBonge has a few years left to accomplish his goals for the betterment of Griffith Park. To that end, he has identified 18 objectives for Griffith Park before 2015. Read on to see the text of a letter Tom sent to Barry Sanders, the President of the Board of Recreation and Parks Commissioners on March 23, 2011 ... not long after his re-election to a third term in office.
Fern Canyon was one of the great natural treasures destroyed in the fire of May 8, 2007.
Trail restoration, irrigation, improvement of amenities, and planting are currently under way at the site.
A new children's play area will be designed and constructed in the Vermont Canyon/Boy Scout Road area of Griffith Park.
This project is in the advanced planning phase.
The city will plant trees and install a porous pavement and filtration system to capture storm water on this vast surface parking lot. The goal is to reduce the amount of sediment, oil, grease, nutrients, pesticides, viruses, bacteria, and heavy metals that leech to the nearby Los Angeles River. This $11 million project is being funded through Proposition O. Construction is underway and is targeted for completion in 2011. For more information on this project, click here.
The city expects to break ground in fall, 2010 on the North Atwater Park Expansion project. This project will provide approximately three acres of open space adjacent to the Los Angeles River. It will include a park and an enhanced greenway to complement ongoing creek restoration efforts. For more information, click here.
Groundbreaking for the Sunnynook River Park project is scheduled for Autumn, 2010. This five-acre greenway along the existing Los Angeles River bikepath will serve as a rest area for pedestrians and cyclists. It will be landscaped with native vegetation and include picnic areas, benches, educational signage and art. For more information, click here.
An aging water supply line that stretches from the North Hollywood Pump Station to Ivanhoe Reservoir in Silver Lake will be replaced over the next decade as part of a major water quality improvement project by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
The River Supply Conduit is a 70-year-old pipeline that transports water from the San Fernando Valley to central Los Angeles. Its replacement will be 36,000 linear feet of new pipe of varying widths. The massive project has been divided into an Upper and a Lower Reach.
The Upper Reach portion of the project will connect the North Hollywood Pump Station to the new Headworks Reservoir that is to be constructed adjacent to Griffith Park. Construction will begin in March 2010 and finish in July 2012.
For more information, visit LADWP.com.
See our story about the March, 2009 Lower Reach Unit 3 groundbreaking.
A steel and concrete pipeline 66 inches in diameter will be installed as part of the Silver Lake Storage Replacement Project.
The Silver Lake and Ivanhoe reservoirs will be removed from service and replaced by the buried Headworks Reservoir that is to be constructed adjacent to Griffith Park. This new pipeline will transport water directly from the new reservoir into the existing distribution system, bypassing the off-line Silver Lake and Ivanhoe reservoirs.
A station to regulate the incoming water pressure will be installed where the new pipe joins the existing system. The regulator station will be buried underground and have a footprint of about 1/3 the size of a basketball court.
Designs for the project are temporarily on hold while another portion of the larger Storage Replacement Project is designed.
Construction will begin in September 2010 and finish in March 2012.
For more information, visit LADWP.com [PDF].