Long-awaited plans for a new park along the L.A. waterfront may finally be realized, according to the Daily Breeze.

The Wilmington Waterfront Promenade, which would repurpose a vacant industrial site at Avalon Boulevard and Water Street, is tentatively scheduled to break ground in October 2018.  An approximately two-year-build out would lead up to the tentative opening date of October 2020.

Architecture firm Sasaki Associates is designing the nearly eight-acre park, which would incorporate the existing Banning's Landing community center.

Conceptual plans show features including:

  • A 5,000-square-foot picnic pier
  • Steps connecting directly to the waterfront
  • A public access dock
  • A children's play area
  • Outdoor seating
  • Restaurant space
  • An event lawn
  • Parking for up to 187 vehicles

The Daily Breeze reports that project's design component is approximately 80 percent complete, and is expected to finish in May 2018.

The Waterfront Promenade is a key component of a larger program which includes the existing Wilmington Waterfront Park, which repurposed a 30-acre brownfield site as public open space.  Another component - the Avalon Triangle Park - recently opened to the north along Avalon Boulevard.  Further commercial developments and green space will eventually link the entire L-shaped site together.