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Site-Based Planned Major Project Spotlights
The Master Plan identifies 56 planned major projects along the river that are currently being led by various entities ranging from LA County to municipalities to state conservancies to NGOs.
The projects are each at a different level of development, and some are highlighted in the Master Plan as Planned Major Project Spotlights given their momentum and illustration of meeting community needs associated with the LA River Master Plan goals and needs mapping.
G2 Taylor Yard
The G2 Taylor Yard project area was first identified as a priority in the City of LA’s LA River Revitalization Master Plan (2007) and is further defined as part of a “Major Project Zone” in this Master Plan. Located in Cypress Park / Glassell Park, the project is sited on an approximately 42-acre parcel that was formerly owned and operated as a rail yard by Union Pacific. The site has been identified in multiple planning efforts to date as a large opportunity for open space, access, ecosystem services, and habitat along the LA River. In addition to the City of LA’s LA River Revitalization Plan (2007), the project was identified in the USACE ARBOR Study (2016), which focuses on environmental restoration. The parcel was purchased from Union Pacific in 2017 by the City of LA. The City of LA Bureau of Engineering is leading the project, and preliminary design concepts have been completed.
G2 Taylor Yard
The G2 Taylor Yard site aims to address park need and access to the river through the creation of a publicly accessible open space that also provides native habitat. Supporting biodiversity and connecting to habitat corridors are also major goals of the project. Remediation of contaminated soil is crucial to public health and safety in the park before it is made accessible. The project will remediate soil and install components of the project in phases, with completion expected in the next decade. The first phase of the G2 Taylor Yard project area is the Paseo del Rio Project.
Rio Hondo Confluence
The Rio Hondo Confluence Area Project (RHCAP) is located in Southeast LA, at the confluence of the LA River and Rio Hondo in the cities of South Gate, Lynwood, and Downey. It is comprised of several potential project opportunities that can be phased in accordance with community needs and other planning efforts. The site was first identified as an area of high need in the LA River Index (2016) and was further developed in the Lower LA River Revitalization Plan (2017) where it was one of the highest scoring opportunity areas. The LA River Master Plan needs analysis further validated this area’s need for park space, access to art and cultural amenities, and improved environmental conditions and connectivity.
Rio Hondo Confluence
The surrounding area is densely populated (10,000 to 30,000 people per square mile), and, separated by infrastructure, adjacent neighborhoods are some of the most vulnerable to pollution and poor health outcomes in all of LA County. Therefore, the project seeks to create connective park space, water resources, and environmental benefits through combining projects in the channel, adjacent properties, and parallel electrical transmission line rights-of-way (ROW).
Project components could include low-flow modifications for habitat improvement and educational opportunities, wetlands for habitat and water quality improvement, bridges for improved connectivity, multi-benefit parks and trails, and platform parks to create new open space and foster connectivity, ecosystem function, and cultural resources while respecting the very critical need for flood risk management.