Today: North Atwater Creek ground breaking

Today at 2:00 pm, the Department of Rec and Parks, Tom LaBonge of CD4, and the Department of Public works will be holding a ground breaking ceremony for the North Atwater Park expansion and creek restoration.

As part of the city’s Los Angeles River Revitalization Plan, what’s left of the creek will be physically restored so that storm water runoff into the river will be naturally filtered through newly-planted native landscaping. The $1.3 million project will also add one acre to North Atwater Park. According to the Stormwater website:

The North Atwater Creek project will reconstruct an area of the park along the L.A. River by restoring the creek’s bank and seasonal wetlands to filter runoff, which flows directly through the park. Once completed, the creek will treat almost 40 acres of runoff from the adjoining residential neighborhood.

According to an LA Creek Freak article earlier this year, this part of the creek was being eyed back in 2002 to become a soccer field. Creek restoration is definitely a plus!

If you’re interested in attending, meet up at 2:00 pm today at the park, located at 3900 Chevy Chase Drive.

Related articles:

  • “What’s left of North Atwater Creek flows into the spotlight.” The Eastsider LA, October 27, 2010.
  • “LA creek restoration project goes out to bid.” LA Creek Freak, May 31, 2010.