The Hollywood Central Park project is taking an important step forward this week. The City will begin the environmental review process with a scoping meeting for the proposed 38 acre Hollywood Central Park on Saturday, September 6 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, the lead agency on the project under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), will host the session in the Quad at STEM Academy at Helen Bernstein High School.
Hollywood Central Park is proposed for the air space above the stretch of the Hollywood Freeway between Santa Monica Boulevard and Bronson Avenue. The project area covers approximately 38 acres, located within the Caltrans right-of-way, and varies in width between 200 and 400 feet.
For the environmental review process, the project contains two components.
- The usable area and facilities within the park.
- The engineered deck above the Hollywood Freeway and the supporting infrastructure.
The draft Environmental Review Report (EIR) will look at a number of possible issues areas including aesthetics, air quality, cultural resources, geology and soils, greenhouse gas emissions, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, land use and planning, noise, population and housing, public services, transportation and circulation, and utilities.
City of LA Department of Recreation and Parks – Notice of Preparation and Initial Study
By constructing a cap over a portion of the freeway trench, the project proposes to create a street-level urban park. The park’s conceptual plan outlines a variety of features, including landscaped open space, multi-purpose fields, pedestrian meadows, small retail facilitates, restaurants, an amphitheater, a community center, playgrounds, dog parks, interactive community areas, plus other possibilities.
The Hollywood Central Park website has a lot of information about the project, including ways to get involved. The first step begins with the scoping meeting on Saturday!Hollywood Central Park Project Scoping Meeting Saturday, September 6 | 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Helen Bernstein High School Quad at STEM Academy
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