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The City of Los Angeles has kicked off the environmental review process for the Sixth Street Park, Arts, River & Connectivity Improvements - or PARC Project - the proposed 12 acres of public green space beneath the new Sixth Street Viaduct.

According to the project's initial study, proposed elements of the $22-million park spanning between the Arts District and Boyle Heights include:

  • One or more office/community/concession building(s);
  • Landscaping/planting, irrigation systems, and open space;
  • Performance area(s), public gathering/assembly areas, and public art;
  • Recreational courts and fields, which could include synthetic soccer field(s) and field lighting; basketball or other sports court(s); soccer warm-up and stretching zones and a skate park;
  • Playground area and equipment; stationary exercise equipment;
  • Water features such as splash pads;
  • Dog park and related amenities;
  • Typical park site furnishings and amenities, which could include benches, tables, bike racks, bicycle rentals, kiosks, drinking fountains, safety bollards, lighting and signage, fencing, restrooms, and equipment and maintenance storage unit(s).

Michael Maltzan Architecture, which designed the new Sixth Street Viaduct, is working with the landscape architecture firm Hargreaves Associates on the PARC project.  The initial study presents three possible layouts for the proposed green space.

Promenade

Canopy & Objects

Episodics

Additionally, the project will incorporate a 1.4-acre plaza for outdoor performances and public art classes.  This component of the park will be funded by the late developer Leonard Hill, who donated $1.9 million to fund the project.

Completion of the $480-million Sixth Street Viaduct is expected in 2020, although a schedule for the PARC project is less clear.

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