Construction kicked off earlier this month on a project which will transform a long-vacant lot on the south bank of the Los Angeles River in the San Fernando Valley into a pocket park.

The Haynes Street Greenway project, will take shape on an empty 5,000-square-foot plot at 19941 Haynes Street that covers a nine-foot box culvert which allows stormwater to flow into the L.A. River. Plans call for improving the space with new landscaping, trees, outdoor seating, and a textured concrete path. plans also call for new fencing. The greenway would also provide a new entry point to a stretch of the L.A. River bike path which runs behind the parcel.

Site plan for the Haynes Street GreenwayCity of Los Angeles

According to the City of Los Angeles Sanitation and Environment website, the project is being funded by the Los Angeles County Safe Clean Water Program, or Measure W, which provides billions of dollars in funding for projects which aid in stormwater capture. That includes new green spaces which help to capture storm water, such as the Haynes Street Greenway.

The greenway would make use of landscaping and bioswales to help improve water quality.

Conversion of the Haynes Street site into a greenway was spurred by a 2016 motion introduced by 3rd District City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, which inquired into the feasibility of transforming the space into a park.

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