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Civic Park Groundbreaking Set for Thursday

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, July 13, 2010, at 10:37AM
Civic Center Park Model Eric Richardson [Flickr]

This model of the renovated Civic Park, presented last Spring, is similar to the final design that will be implemented in a $56-million upgrade.

A $56-million renovation of the Civic Center park will have its ceremonial groundbreaking on Thursday morning, with County Supervisor Gloria Molina, City Councilwoman Jan Perry and other project leaders gathering to turn off the Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain.

The park, officially dedicated as El Paseo de los Pobladores de Los Angeles (the walk of the settlers of Los Angeles) in 1966, will be enlarged and revamped by the project. The space stretches down Bunker Hill from the Music Center to City Hall, passing between the County-owned buildings on Temple and 1st.

The fountain will remain a centerpiece of the park's new design, but plans didn't always include it. The water feature was retained after community support in the design process. The renovated version will keep the shape and scale of the piece but cut down on water volume and implement modern nozzles and light fixtures.

Funding for the project comes from a $50-million deposit made by Related Companies when it signed its deal to become developer of the Grand Avenue Project.

The groundbreaking program will start at 9am, with the fountain shut-off scheduled for 9:30.

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