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The Los Angeles City Engineer and Downtown Councilmember Jose Huizar are kicking off the community visioning process for 12 acres of public green space that will surround the new Sixth Street Viaduct.

Officially known as the Park, Arts, River and Connectivity Improvements, the project will create a $22-million park linking the Arts District and Boyle Heights to the new bridge and the L.A. River through cycling and pedestrian amenities.

Renderings show a series of staircases and looping ramps connecting the bridge to the green space below.

On the west bank of the river, the Downtown News reports that a space directly underneath the bridge will be used as space for outdoor performances and public art classes.  The 1.4-acre plaza will bear the name of the late Arts District developer Leonard Hill, who donated $1.9 million to fund the project prior to his unexpected passing last summer.

The cost of the new viaduct has recently swelled to over $480 million, with a completion date now anticipated in 2020.

A community meeting will take place at the Puente Learning Center at 501 S. Boyle Avenue on Tuesday, February 7 at 6:30 pm.

View facing east toward the 101 freeway. Image via City of Los Angeles.
View facing west toward stairs. Image via City of Los Angeles.
View facing west toward ramp. Image via City of Los Angeles.
View facing east toward 101 freeway. Image via City of Los Angeles.
View facing east toward ramp. Image via City of Los Angeles.
View facing northwest toward helix. Image via City of Los Angeles.
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View facing west towards Santa Fe Avenue. Image via City of Los Angeles.
View facing east from Mateo Street. Image via City of Los Angeles.
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