Monday, September 8, 2014

Hollywood Studies Project to Build Park on Top of 101 Freeway

One of the worst effects of freeways in urban areas is how they create an almost river-like barrier that bisects neighborhoods. Nearby residents rarely feel like walking overpasses to get to the other side, and only major streets that cross the freeway connect the two sides at all.

But now a new park idea hopes to unite Hollywood by building a big 38-acre green space complete with trails, bandshells, bikepaths and cafes directly on top of the 101 Freeway from Bronson to Santa Monica Boulevards. This area, where the freeway travels along a below street-level path, would be covered over and planted with lawns, paths, trees and gardens. If the initial feasability studies are approved, the park could be complete sometime in the next ten or fifteen years.

Hunter Communications Original News Source:
Curbed

Link to article:
Work Begins to Put Huge Park on Top of the 101 in Hollywood

Excerpt: "Get excited Hollywood, because you are one step closer to having a huge park on top of the 101 Freeway. Friends of Hollywood Central Park, the group spearheading the plan, has finally gotten started on the first official step—environmental review process—according to a statement: 'This brings us one big step closer toward achieving the long-held dream of building this much-needed park in the heart of Hollywood,' says the executive director. The 38-acre park would run over about a mile of highway, from Santa Monica Boulevard to Bronson Avenue, and hopefully 'create a street-level urban park that reunites communities separated by the Hollywood Freeway more than sixty years ago.'"

The notice about the environmental review says the park will be open seven days a week, 24 hours a day, with potential features including 'pedestrian meadows, small retail facilities (such as bike shops, seasonal markets, and art galleries, restaurants, an amphitheater, a community center, playgrounds, dog parks, and interactive community areas.' Development of the park is expected to go in phases, from north to south, starting above Sunset with 'an amphitheater, parking, terraces, restaurants, a bed and breakfast inn, a grass area, and a dog park.' Whoa. The environmental process kicks off on September 6 with a public scoping session to collect ideas on what people want to see reviewed."

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