Ballona Creek-adjacent Milton Street Park in Del Rey to Break Ground This Summer
A new $3 million park in Del Rey is scheduled to begin construction this summer. Milton Street Park will be a linear, narrow 1.2 acre green space and will replace a currently vacant lot across from Marina del Rey Middle School and along the banks of Ballona Creek. Downtown LA-based SWA Group is the project's architect and below is their project description:
Milton Street Park is a proposed 1.2 acre linear urban park alongside the Ballona Creek Bike Trail in Los Angeles, California. The plan incorporates numerous green-design elements, including the use of recycled materials, native planting, flow through planters and treatment alongside the 1000-ft long, 45-ft wide stretch of land. A variety of special elements such as bird watching platforms, bike trail enhancements, seating areas and outdoor picnic areas enhance the visitor experience along the trail. The promotion of alternative transportation and the creation of an interpretative ecological habitat for birds, insects, and reptiles creates a sustainable network within an existing urban environment. SWA, in conjunction with the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, conducted community meetings including a public design workshop to ensure that the design and safety needs of the residents were acknowledged and addressed in the plan conceptualized and presented by SWA.
The Building Los Angeles Blog also checked in on the project this week and reports:
According to designs from the Downtown-based SWA Group, Milton Street Park would offer bird watching platforms, outdoor seating, picnic areas, and enhancements to the popular Ballona Creek bike path. Plans would utilize green-design elements such as recycled materials, flow-through planters and native vegetation to create an ecological habitat for birds, insects and reptiles. The park would also make improvements to its namesake street, including new speed bumps and a mid-block crosswalk to ensure pedestrian safety.
Milton Street Park represents the latest chapter in a long series of efforts to revitalize Ballona Creek and its surrounding environs. The BHRCA and MRCA have spearheaded these endeavors, installing new signage, gates and greenery along the banks of the meandering waterway. Although these improvements are modest in terms of budget and scale when compared to the $1 billion LA River restoration, Ballona Creek has nonetheless benefited from similar grassroots support.
Ballona Creek Renaissance (BCR) - a nonprofit organization established in 1995 - provides advocacy and educational efforts on behalf of the waterway. In addition, BCR hosts cleanups of the creek and adjacent bike trail several times per year.