When we last heard from the project in January, officials with the City of Los Angeles, the State Parks Department, and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority were weighing three alternatives for the project, which would create roughly 12 acres of new open space along the east bank of the river in Glassell Park. Those options have since been narrowed to one winner: Mounds & Valleys.
The design concept, according to the Eastsider, derives its names from the topography of the new park, which will include both high points with views of the river and wetlands in low areas.
The highlight of the project, the titular paseo, would be span roughly one mile directly along the bank of the river. However, the project also includes components such as an entrance pavilion at its southern ends, feeding into a nature trail that passes through wetlands and riparian habitat.
A former railroad turntable at the center of the property will remain in place, and is shown in renderings as a gathering space for visitors.
According to the Eastsider, construction of the Paseo del Rio project is expected to commence in 2025 and conclude in 2026.
The project is located within the footprint of the Taylor Yard, a former freight rail yard which has been gradually redeveloped with public open space, housing, and other uses in recent decades. A portion of the site, the G2 Parcel, was dubbed the "crown jewel," of the L.A. River restoration effort. That jewel will not be cheap: recent estimates indicated that it may cost more than $1 billion to complete the transformation of the former rail yard into park space.
The project is the first planned by the 100 Acre Partnership, a joint effort between the City of Los Angeles, the State Parks Department, and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority. That name is a reference to the overall goal of creating roughly 100 acres of park space in the former Taylor Yard.
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