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County Supervisors Approve Design for Civic Park

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, April 07, 2009, at 11:57AM
Civic Center Park Model Eric Richardson [Flickr]

A model of the new Civic Center Park design was presented to the public in March.

After hearing a presentation on the design of the Civic Park Project, the County Board of Supervisors today approved its schematic design documents. Designer Mark Rios narrated a presentation of the new design, walking the elected officials through each area of the park.

The lone critical voice on the item was Supervisor Michael Antonovich, who inquired whether veterans groups had been involved in planning for the relocation of existing monuments in the park. He then spent the bulk of his time questioning county CEO William Fujioka on the viability of the Grand Avenue Project as a whole.

The supervisors included wording in their approval requiring that a plan be in place for the relocation of the flags and displays currently on site. The Court of Flags has stood on the site since 1970. Antonovich abstained from the vote.

The bulk of funding for the park is coming from a $50 million developer fee that Related Companies had to pay as part of its requirements on the Grand Avenue Project.

Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky lamented that the County Hall of Administration was not able to torn down and reconstructed to allow the park to be expanded. He expressed his hope that could still happen going forward. "I think it would be incredible for the area," he said.

The agreement governing park development requires that the documents be approved by the Supervisors and the city's Community Redevelopment Agency. It would then go before the Grand Avenue Authority, the joint powers group overseeing development of the Grand Avenue Project.

Grand Avenue Authority Managing Director Martha Welborne told the supervisors that the schematic design represents roughly 20% of the design work. Next comes design development and then final construction documents.

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