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New Pocket Park Planned for L.A. River

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An empty lot on the L.A. River at Haynes Street will become a pocket park.

Urbanize L.A. has announced that construction has begun on the empty 5,000-square-foot parcel at 19941 Haynes Street, just east of Winnetka.

The Haynes Street Greenway will have new landscaping, outdoor seating, new fencing and a textured concrete path. The park will provide a new entry point to part of the bike path that runs behind the parcel alongside the L.A. River.

According to the City of Los Angeles Sanitation and Environment website, the project is funded by the Los Angeles County Safe Water Program, or Measure W, which provides billions of dollars in funding for projects which aid in stormwater capture. That includes new green space which help to capture stormwater, such as this. The new greeenway would use landscaping and bioswales to improve water quality.

Conversion of the Haynes Street site into a greenway was initiated by a 2015 motion by Councilman Bob Blumenfield, who first suggested turning the empty space into a park. 

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