In an effort to bring more green space to Downtown Los Angeles while also increasing foot traffic to area businesses, South Park is looking at creating a temporary park right down the middle of Hope Street later this year deemed The Spot at Hope Street.
Bringing Green Space to Downtown Los Angeles
The South Park Business Improvement District is currently looking at building a temporary park on Hope Street in the area just to the south of 11th Street. The half-block pilot attraction would be open from April 4th through May 31st with the possibility of leading to a permanent park if the attraction proves to be popular.
While the project is still in its early planning stage, current plans call for creating a 33-foot-wide park in the center lanes of Hope Street. While traffic will continue to flow on either side of the park, concrete traffic barriers will be installed at the north and south ends. Meanwhile, the east and west sides will be protected with temporary walls that will also display art. Temporary mid-block crosswalks will also be put in place to allow for access to the park. The park itself would feature trees, tables, chairs, open areas and a small dog run. Plans also call for placing some sort of material over the street within the park area, but the material has yet to be determined.
Creating a Sense of Community
The inspiration for the park came after the South Park Business Improvement District conducted surveys within the community. The organization found that people want a place where they can congregate with their neighbors. They also want a place where they can take their families and their animals as they interact with others. The park will help meet this need while also increasing foot traffic along Hope Street, which will hopefully help to bring more people to local businesses. Overall, the idea is to create public spaces in the middle of streets that are similar to those that currently exist in Tel Aviv, Barcelona and other cities. One such example is the three-quarter-mile-long La Rambla in Barcelona, which is a pedestrian path located in the middle of a street.
The South Park Business Improvement District is still working out the details of the plan. As a part of the process, the group is asking for input from neighbors. Furthermore, officials from a variety of different city departments will have to sign off on the project to make it happen. The South Park Business Improvement District is working with the Department of Transportation, Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office, the office of 14th District City Councilman Jose Huizar, the nonprofit Do Art Foundation and the landscape and architecture firm Melendrez in an effort to make the project a reality. The park itself would be maintained by the South Park Business Improvement District’s clean and safe team, while a security guard will be hired to patrol the area after 9:00 pm.
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