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Parks Meetings Scheduled Throughout Downtown

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, June 02, 2011, at 06:50AM
Prop 84 Park Projects Deborah Murphy Urban Design + Planning

CRA-backed Prop 84 park projects from round one: (L-R) Budokan Little Tokyo, Olympic & Grand and Ord & Yale. Only the Ord & Yale project was funded in round one.

Public meetings for a trio of proposed Downtown parks in the Arts District, Little Tokyo and Fashion District kick off this Saturday as neighbors gather at the Factory Place Arts Complex to discuss the nearby parcel pegged for green space.

The Community Redevelopment Agency hopes to submit applications to get the projects funded under round two of the state's Proposition 84 parks program.

In the Arts District, 0.5 acres of DWP-owned land next to Urth Caffe would be turned into a small green space for $5 million, of which the agency would like to get $1.5 million from the state. The park would be part of the La Kretz CleanTech Innovation Campus, a joint project between the CRA and DWP.

Saturday's 10am meeting at 1330 Factory Place, Building A, will be followed by 6:30pm sessions on Thursday, June 9, at the Barker Block (530 S. Hewitt) and Thursday, June 16, at SCI-Arc's W.M. Keck Lecture Hall (960 E. 3rd).

Over in Little Tokyo, the agency hopes to secure $5 million in funding to build a garden on top of the Budokan of Los Angeles, a recreation center to be built by the Little Tokyo Service Center on Los Angeles Street between 1st and 2nd. The center's ground lease was recently approved by the City Council.

The agency submitted the same project during round one of the grant program. It wasn't funded, but the agency hopes what it learned in that process will give it a better shot this time around.

A public meeting for the project will take place at 6pm on Wednesday, June 8, in the community room at Casa Heiwa (231 E. 3rd).

In the Fashion District, planners are mulling multiple sites for the community's first green space. A meeting on Saturday, June 11, to discuss possible options will be held at the City Market's Market Gallery (1057 S. San Pedro, upstairs).

The application deadline for projects hoping to secure funds in round two of the Prop 84 program is July 1. A maximum of $5 million can be granted to park projects.

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