June 9, 2017
A proposal to build park space above the 101 freeway’s Downtown Slot may have slowed down a bit, but apparently is not dead yet.
Representatives of Park 101 have begun circulating updated information on the project, which would cap four blocks between Grand Avenue and Los Angeles Street, and reconnect El Pueblo with the Civic Center.
The new park plan is split into four segments:
- The Hill would respond to the elevation change between Hill Street and Broadway, with sloping terrain featuring native plants and a viewing deck.
- Moving east, LA Courtyards could include a children’s play area, terrace seating, shade structures and a flexible grass area.
- The Plaza could offer adaptable open and water space, among other features.
- The MerCado, located between Main and Los Angeles Streets, would feature a hardscape environment that could be used for cultural events, farmer’s markets, and other functions.
Moving forward, the backers of Park 101 intend to evaluate possible funding mechanisms and the potential for the various development sites. A full build-out of the proposal carries an estimated cost of $180 million.
Friends of Park 101 will continue its campaign on June 19, with a benefit event on the grounds of the 101 freeway overpass.