In Rancho Park, construction is complete for a linear green space flanking a Metro light rail station.
The Westwood Neighborhood Greenway, which spans two thin strips of land between Westwood Boulevard and Overland Avenue, began construction in late 2019. Improvements to the previously vacant properties include new walking paths, signage, and landscaping to provide a habitat for local wildlife.
In addition to open space, the Greenway man-made stream fed by urban runoff and Brown Canyon Creek, a natural waterway which was undergrounded in the 1940s.
The approximately $5.5-million project was funded through Proposition O and Proposition 84.
Plans for the Westwood Greenway originated from a grassroots proposal to daylight storm drains passing under the Expo Line light rail corridor. The project, was made possible by a 2011 decision to not include parking at the Westwood/Rancho Park Station, and was later included in former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in his 50 Parks Initiative.
The Greenway sits less than a quarter-mile south of the intersection of Westwood and Pico Boulevard, where Hudson Pacific Properties is now in the process of transforming the Westside Pavilion shopping mall into a 584,000-square-foot office campus for Google.
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