La Brea Corridor Planning Study_ Connecting Communities to Parks

North East Trees received a grant from the State’s Natural Resources Agency to conduct a planning study focused on the S. La Brea Ave. corridor from the intersection at Exposition Blvd. to Stocker St.

La Brea Corridor Planning Study Scope -> So. CA. -> Los Angeles County -> Los Angeles City -> Baldwin Hills

The study will explore the possibility of creating park-to-park connections (between Jim Gilliam Recreational Center on the north, Kenneth Hahn State Recreational Area on the west, and Norman O. Houston on the south at Stocker St.), equity in access to open space opportunities, and the possibility of preserving, expanding and restoring native habitat.

La Brea Corridor Planning Study Location

Not only will this plan examine access, connections and habitat, it will build upon the Mountains Recreation Conservation Authority’s Park to Playa project, the Baldwin Hills Park Master Plan, and West Adams-Baldwin Hills-Leimert Park community plan, as well as other already existing and proposed transportation and open space improvements. This planning study will play a major role in helping to create a cohesive recreational trail network in southwest Los Angeles.

Looking down @ S. La Brea Blvd. and Jim Gilliam Recreation Center from Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area

Goal:

The La Brea Corridor Planning Study will explore the development of a regional trail that provides park-to-park access, promotes neighborhood connections to open space, and links to existing and planned trail networks while restoring native habitat.

Objectives:

Access & Connections

  • Park-to-park connections + connections to existing and planned trail networks
  • Equity in access to open space
  • Preserve, expand & improve native habitat

Community Involvement / Participation

  • Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
  • Community meetings/workshops
  • Surveys
  • Public Outreach – schools + community events + community partnerships + internet

In order to achieve the project goal, North East Trees has partnered with the Baldwin Hills Conservancy, several community groups, government agencies, schools and non-profit organizations. Stakeholder and community involvement is instrumental to the overall success of this planning study. A technical Advisory Committee was created to help guide the direction of the project, as well as to help ensure balanced, unbiased, and representative participation.

Technical Advisory Committee members include representatives from Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, Councilman Bernard Parks, Councilman Herb Wesson Jr., Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation, Los Angeles City Recreation and Parks, Jim Gilliam Recreation Center, Baldwin Hills Estate Homeowners Association, Baldwin Village Gardens, Empowerment Congress West Area Neighborhood Council, Veronica St. Block Club, Cameo Woods, Baldwin Vista, Hillcrest Elementary School, Marlton School, Windsor Hills Math-Science-Aerospace magnet School, Baldwin Hills Conservancy,Mountains Recreation Conservation Authority, Walk n’Rollers, Community Health Councils, and the Safe Routes to School Partnership.

S. La Brea Ave. @ the SW corner of Jim Gilliam Recreation Center

Several Community Workshops are being planned, and surveys will be available on July 18th. 

For more information, to get involved, and to stay informed on the latest meetings and events:

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Comment by Heather Lee Presha on July 10, 2014 at 12:28pm

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