Final Renders Released for CRA Park Plans
CRA-backed Prop 84 park projects: (L-R) Budokan Little Tokyo, Olympic / Grand and Ord / Yale.
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — The deadline for applications by park projects interested in Prop 84 funding was Monday, and this morning the Community Redevelopment Agency sent out renderings of the park designs that it submitted for Chinatown, Little Tokyo and South Park.
The state program could provide up to $5 million for each project, with winning entries to be announced by September.
All three projects, along with four CRA-backed proposals in South L.A., were sent to the state on Saturday and confirmed as received on Monday morning.
In South Park, the Grand Avenue Linear Park would take two lanes away from cars between 9th and Olympic, converting them into a strip of park space proposed to feature trees -- both real and photovoltaic -- plantings, seating, a water feature, WIFI and power hookups.
Budokan of Los Angeles is the latest incarnation of efforts to bring a gym to Little Tokyo that first began in 1970. The project, to be built by the Little Tokyo Service Center, has an agreement with the City to build on a Los Angeles street site located directly behind the new LAPD Motorpool facility. The project cost is estimated at $16.3 million. Renderings show a two-level facility with two basketball courts and a rooftop garden that would feature a playground, bamboo grove, performance space and a Japanese garden.
Located next to the Chinatown Library, the Ord & Yale project would be a multi-level space featuring plantings, performance space, a cafe / concession stand, fitness trail and play equipment. The CRA is currently in the process of purchasing the land.