LA River Watershed Urban Green Infrastructure
In partnership with Los Angeles City Council District 9 and the residents of South Los Angeles’ Green Meadows neighborhood, Heal the Bay will complete the development of a playground, fitness space and “water smart” park on an empty lot at 87th & McKinley by the spring of 2018. Once completed, WAYS Park will be maintained and operated by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Park.
WAYS Park will serve as a safe place for South Los Angeles youth to learn and play and also improve the physical health of those residents exercising at the park’s fitness stations. Another unique aspect: WAYS Park will also function as a water quality improvement project for the Los Angeles River Watershed. Subsurface infrastructure (EPIC system) will be put in place to capture and store the design storm event from the surrounding neighborhood. The water will then be used to irrigate the surrounding landscape, thus saving hundreds of gallons of potable water. The park will collect off-site runoff from approximately 9 acres (volume generated from a .1” storm is 21,000 gallons). The runoff from the surrounding area will reach the project site by gravity flow. All runoff infiltrated on site will result in a complete elimination of Los Angeles River watershed impairing pollutants: fecal bacteria, heavy metals trash and nutrients.
* Project utilizes best management practices to filter and/or reduce pollution inputs into rivers, streams, lakes, wetlands or near-shore marine areas