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ATWATER VILLAGE — It’s a prime chunk of real estate in the far north end of Atwater Village: nearly 25-acres of land that stretches along the eastern bank of the L.A. River with views of Griffith Park on the other side of the channel. Park and river advocates have long eyed the parcel — which serves as the home for the Recreation and Parks Department Central Service Yard — as one that could be transformed into an attractive riverside park. Previous efforts to turn all or part of the city-owned maintenance and storage facility into parkland, however, have gone nowhere. But, today, the City Council’s Arts, Parks, Health, Aging, and River Committee is scheduled to take up the most recent effort to carve public open space out of the city yard.
A motion by Councilman Mitch O’Farrell proposes that the city look for ways to shrink the size of the yard and develop the rest as parkland:
The City should ensure that the current uses of the CSY are aligned with the modern day needs of the [Recreation and Parks] Department. The time is ripe for exploring alternative uses and development opportunities for this site …. This effort would revitalize an underutilized area adjacent to the Los Angeles River and provide much needed open space.
The proposal, if adopted by the City Council, would direct the different city agencies to look at the feasibility and cost of converting the land for park use while meeting the needs of the Recreation and Parks Department.