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Community Asks for Dog Space and Water Feature in Grand Avenue Linear Park

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, January 08, 2010, at 12:00PM
Grand Avenue Eric Richardson [Flickr]

This stretch of Grand Avenue is proposed to be narrowed from 80 feet to 51 feet, providing space for a linear park that would run between 9th street and Olympic.



The linear park proposed for Grand Avenue may not be very big, but that didn't keep the 60 people who showed up for a brainstorming meeting on Thursday night from proposing all manner of big ideas.

The block-long park would stretch from 9th street to Grand Avenue, a touch over 500 feet. A roadway plan approved by LADOT would free up 20 feet on the east side of the street and eight on the west.

While ideas mentioned ran the gamut from benches to basketball courts, an area for dogs and a water feature were the two that came up most often. The canine facilities would likely be on-leash -- given the small size of the space, participants were against putting fencing around it.

Attendees were also adamant that the facility should be open twenty-four hours a day, unlike Grand Hope Park across the street. They suggested that a mid-block crossing be installed to tie together the two spaces.

Representatives from the Federal Reserve and the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising -- the two big institutions on the block -- were in attendance at the session, the first of five workshops happening in quick succession.

The compressed timeline is a result of the state funding that the project is pursuing. Proposition 84, passed by voters in 2006, provides up to $5 million for local park projects. Because the city already owns the Grand Avenue right-of-way, that funding could be all that's needed to make the project happen. The state just released the requirements for funding in late fall, however, and applications are due by March 1.

A bus tour of similar parks in Culver City and Santa Monica will take place on Saturday, followed by a second meeting on Wednesday, January 13.

A flyer and the full workshop schedule can be found on the DLANC Sustainability Committee website.

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