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LAPD lawn to receive city money, maintenance after years of public upkeep

By Hayley Fox
Published: Wednesday, May 09, 2012, at 10:53AM

The LAPD headquarters lawn has been maintained mostly by volunteers since it's opening in 2009.

The LAPD headquarters building in downtown L.A. opened in 2009 with a fresh grass lawn bordering its south side -- but until this week, upkeep for the neighborhood park has been left entirely to public volunteers, mostly through the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC).

"This multimillion dollar building was built without any funds for maintenance," Valerie Watson, a board member of the DLANC, told blogdowntown in December.

On Tuesday, councilwoman Jan Perry announced that the Dept. of Recreation and Parks will be responsible for the lawn's maintenance and that the city has designated $800,000 for upkeep of the area, Los Angeles Downtown News reports.

Perry told Blogdowntown last year that the building is an "interesting architectural situation." Although the lawn has become a hangout for local residents and their dogs, its not the pedestrian (and pup) traffic that's causing the lawn's biggest issues -- it's the building itself that has created many of the problems, the councilwoman who oversees part of Downtown said.

The grass has been scorched by the intense reflection off the glass of the building and there are planting logistics that still need to be resolved, including the issue of the sinking trees.

Officials with the city Bureau of Engineering discovered that the wrong soil was used in the lawn landscaping, which caused the trees to sink, according to L.A. Downtown News. These trees will be replanted for free by the sub-contractor responsible.

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