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Taylor Yard G2 River Park

The Island - Preliminary Design Concept

The Island concept uses the creation of an island to provide a unique moment in the River where the public can experience the River up close. In this concept, the existing power lines and towers are relocated to an alignment on the east side of the Project site to allow for the reshaping of the site’s western edge. The River channel is then re-formed to create an island that separates river flows, mimics fluvial geomorphic processes of deposition and erosion, and provides multiple layers of riparian and upland habitat consistent with the objectives of the ARBOR Study. The forms and geometries of this concept reinterpret the City’s historic modes of managing the river – channel, bridge, and a long paseo – and overlay those tools with a more porous and naturalized approach. From the island, the site moves eastwards as a series of contiguous ecologies that allow for the blending of scientific research, programmed areas, recreation, and habitat.

Soft Edge - Design Concept

The Soft Edge concept envisions a soft-edged River on the east bank with a significant amount of new riparian and upland habitat consistent with the ARBOR Study objectives. The existing concrete trapezoidal channel would be modified to a create a series of terraces called the “Bio-plateau” that will manage both dry and wet weather storm runoff from the site and adjacent neighborhood through a series of wet meadows, bogs, and vernal pools. By creating an undulated edge, the traces of the historic River’s natural processes (erosion, sedimentation, meandering water) are exposed and provide visitors with a tactical experience of the fluvial geomorphic process. The interior of the site consists of four main components: Taylor Plaza, The Fields, and La Loma, which are all linked by the Esplanade and would give visitors a layered experience of the site’s past, present, and future ecologies where nature is entangled with human programs. The existing LADWP power lines and towers on the east Riverbank would be relocated to an alignment on the east side of the Project site and incorporated into the native nursery.

The Yards - Design Concept

The Yards celebrates the site’s industrial history by overlaying human activities and natural elements onto the ruins of the historic rail yards. This concept maintains the existing concrete trapezoidal river channel and LADWP power lines and towers while creating an extensive path network, cantilevered moments that extend over the channel, and programmed area throughout the site. Stormwater and river water would be diverted to a large bioretention BMP that would clean the water through a constructed wetland system before being directed back into the River. Cut and fill would be managed on-site, with excavation from the bioretention BMP creating undulating hills and topography. An open meadow area would allow for flexible uses and picnicking while a broad esplanade would extend and contract along the River’s edge to allow visitors unique views of the River and surrounding valley. An interactive art piece and pavilion would occupy the former site of the turntable as the central node of the site.

Paseo del Rio Project

The Paseo del Rio Project will provide riverfront public access, which may include trails, native habitat, water quality improvement features, greenspaces, trail recreational opportunities, kayak launch and landing, gathering spaces or outdoor classrooms, restorative elements, and amenities, such as access points, restrooms, gates, lighting, and interpretive signage.

Water Quality and Initial Park Improvements Project

A project to capture and treat stormwater before it enters the LA River, and other park improvements.

Other Related Projects

Taylor Yard Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge Project

The new Taylor Yard Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge Project broke ground in April 2019. The distinctive, orange steel bridge will connect the Elysian Valley community to the planned Taylor Yard G2 River Park on the east side of the LA River. The bridge is designed for bike and pedestrian use, is 400 feet long and will be supported by abutments and a concrete pier in the center of the river. The steel structure is 30 feet high and 27 feet wide. Because construction in the river is limited to summer months for safety reasons, the $18 million bridge is expected to take two summers to complete. Estimated completion date is Spring of 2021. Watch for detours on the LA River bike path.