LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Councilman Kevin de León introduced a motion today calling for a $2 million allocation to complete a 12-acre park that would connect to the Los Angeles River via the reconstructed Sixth Street tunnel.
``The communities of Boyle Heights and Downtown L.A.'s Arts District are among the most park-poor communities in all of Los Angeles,'' de León said in a statement. ``The $2 million I am investing in the Sixth Street PARC project is fundamental to my commitment to advance social and environmental justice and ensure that all residents, regardless of their ZIP code, have equal access to the benefits of open park space.''
In July 2022, the city completed construction and opened the Sixth Street Viaduct. The bridge was part of a larger plan to reimagine the surrounding community, and as part of that effort, de León intends to support the completion of the Sixth Street Viaduct Park, Arts and River Connectivity, or PARC, Improvement Project.
The PARC project aims to open a 12-acre park with several amenities for the Boyle Heights and downtown areas, including two dog parks, two soccer parks, two restroom buildings, multi-purpose fields, a playground, basketball court, walking and jogging paths, adult fitness equipment and picnic areas.
``Completing the park will not only benefit the local community but the city of Los Angeles as a whole by providing a model for equitable and sustainable development that prioritizes the needs of historically marginalized communities,'' de León said in a statement.