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New park opens along banks of Ballona Creek

WEST LOS ANGELES — Continuing the renaissance of Ballona Creek, a new park has opened along its banks here.

County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas dedicated the $4.2-million Milton Street Park Feb. 5 next to a segment of the trail and bike path along the Ballona Creek, home to many varieties of wildlife and vegetation.

“For decades, the only way for people to experience Ballona Creek was to walk the trail or pedal on the bike path,” Ridley-Thomas said. “Until now, there were no opportunities to sit and take in the scenery. Milton Street Park changes all that.”

In addition to providing a safe new gateway to the trail and bike path, the park also features native trees and shrubs, water-smart irrigation and permeable walls. Other amenities include an outdoor classroom, interpretive displays, a drinking fountain, bike racks and decorative fencing.

Later, a “Green Street” will be added to clean and recycle storm water from the street before it drains into Ballona Creek.

The park sits on property owned by the Baldwin Hills Regional Conservation Authority, chaired by Ridley-Thomas.

It will be a stop on the planned 13-mile Park to Playa Trail connecting the majestic Baldwin Hills to the Pacific Ocean.

Funding and other support for Milton Street Park came from the Baldwin Hills Conservancy, State Coastal Conservancy, Natural Resources Agency and the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission.

The Mountains Recreation Conservation Authority constructed the park and will maintain it.

 

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