Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Wilmington Waterfront Park: A Former Brownfield Provides a New Gathering Place with Waterfront Views

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Wilmington Waterfront Park: A Former Brownfield Provides a New Gathering Place with Waterfront Views

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Opened in June 2011, the new Wilmington Waterfront Park in Los Angeles provides public green space between the Port of Los Angeles and adjacent residences in Wilmington. The 30-acre park was constructed on adjacent, vacant, port-owned property.

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After a series of public planning workshops that began in 2004, a plan to take a sustainable, strategic approach to the area was approved in 2007. The Port of Los Angeles worked with design consultant team Sasaki to move forward with a community-supported plan that offered never-before-seen views of the Wilmington waterfront. Construction began in 2009, and the Wilmington Waterfront Park officially opened to the public in June 2011.

The overarching goal of the Wilmington Waterfront Park was twofold: create a natural buffer to shield residents of the nearby Wilmington neighborhood from the daily activities of the adjacent port, one of the busiest in the United States, and also to introduce new sustainable technologies that would provide the community with an innovative centerpiece that helps combat Los Angeles' notorious pollution problems.

The park is a largely contiguous landscaped area that includes the El Paseo Promenade, a pedestrian and bicycle connection continuing for approximately nine blocks. The former brownfield now consists of a low 16-foot landform, landscaping with grass and trees, hardscaping, paths and walkways, benches, water features, an iconic pedestrian bridge, restrooms, and a children's playground. …

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