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At a pair of community meetings this week, the team behind the Sixth Street Viaduct replacement project provided updates on plans for 12 acres of park space beneath the bridge across the Los Angeles River.

Building off of earlier concepts from landscape architecture firm Hargreaves Associates, three alternatives are now under consideration for the park's east span, which will be located in Boyle Heights.  One places a heavy emphasis on athletic fields, while a second focuses on landscaping and nature.  The third alternative is a blend of the first two.

Each option calls for features such as a concession stand, a dog park, performance space and seating areas.  Additionally, an arch from the original Sixth Street Viaduct could be reused within this section of the park.

According to a representative of the City of Los Angeles, no consensus has been reached on the design at this point in time.  Additional meetings are planned in early 2018, to present revised designs that incorporate community feedback.

The $480-million Sixth Street Viaduct, designed by Michael Maltzan Architecture, is expected to open in 2020.  The park below, which is budgeted at $29 million, is partially funded through a mixture of State and local sources, according to an announcement from 14th District Councilmember Jose Huizar.

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