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Spring Street Park to enter construction phase this week

By Hayley Fox
Published: Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at 04:38PM
Spring Street Park Lehrer Architects LA / Bureau of Engineering

Spring Street Park is set to enter its construction phase beginning this week.

Spring Street Park, nestled between 4th and 5th streets in DTLA, is set to enter its construction phase beginning this week.

This "parklet if you will" is .7 acres, said Councilwoman Jan Perry, who's been involved in the area's development since its inception.

Although ground was officially broken on the site last October, this was followed by months of demolition. This Thursday at 9 a.m., the Department of Recreation and Parks along with Perry and Councilman José Huizar will break ground again -- ushering in the next portion of the park's creation.

The area is slotted to include an oval-shaped lawn, rectangular plaza, walking paths and a water feature.

Perry emphasized that the park is largely a product of the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC) and their conversations on what the priorities were for the community. Ideas such as turning the space into a dog park were initially discussed, but the area was determined to be too small to accommodate that.

Plans for the neighborhood park were first announced in January 2009, when the city purchased the plot of land located between the Rowan Lofts and the El Dorado Lofts, from developer Downtown Properties.

Spring Street Park is expected to open in the summer of 2013, coming nearly a year after the debut of the new Grand Park as well as the City Hall Park. Perry says Spring Street will distinguish itself however by being a real "neighborhood park" and hopefully attracting local families and residents throughout the day.

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