- 12:17 pm - Tue, Feb 21, 2012
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Reclaimed bus yard begins life as a park and urban wetland
It took three years and more than $26 million to turn an old MTA bus yard in South Los Angeles into what it is today: a sprawling [nine-acre] park and urban wetland that will store and clean millions of gallons of storm water — while also giving children a place to play.
Residents say it is a welcome addition to a neighborhood that is sorely in need of green space.
City officials say decades of lax zoning practices have left many of the area’s residential streets blighted with warehouses, mechanic shops and scrap yards. The new park replaces one of those industrial islands with a novel feat of urban landscape design.
Unlike most parks, which feature green lawns and picnic tables, this one is composed of walking paths, native plants and several kidney-shaped pools filled with storm water. Naturally occurring bacteria clean pollutants from the water, which eventually feeds into a storm drain.