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Eyes on the Street: Huntington Park’s Veterans Park Corridor Walk/Bike Trails

Last year, the southeast L.A. County city of Huntington Park opened Veterans Park, a new linear park featuring walk and bike paths. The half-mile long park is located below high-voltage powerlines and presents a very good example of how to convert underutilized utility corridors into multi-purpose community spaces.

Veterans Park
Veterans Park is located in a power line utility corridor extending from Walnut Street to Santa Ana Street in the city of Huntington Park. (Metro's West Santa Ana Branch rail is planned to run on the right of way along Salt Lake Avenue on the right.) Aerial via Google
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Veterans Park extends ten blocks from Walnut Street to Santa Ana Street. It is about 0.56 mile long - and about 50 feet wide. The northern end of the park is located just two blocks from Metro's planned West Santa Ana Branch rail line.

Apologies that Streetsblog doesn't have a more thorough history of this project. It opened last August; catch the grand opening ceremonies posted on the city's Facebook page.

Veterans Park ribbon-cutting - via Facebook video
Veterans Park ribbon-cutting - via Facebook video
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Streetsblog visited the site last weekend.

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Huntington Park's Veterans Park is a half-mile long linear park, located in a L.A. Department of Water and Power utility right-of-way (L.A. City DWP)
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Though the park includes a bike path, Streetsblog did not observe any cyclists using the bikeway during a short visit last weekend. Plenty of pedestrians were using the park.
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The park features two parallel paths: a concrete-paved bike path (left) and a decomposed-granite walk path (right)
The park features two parallel paths: a concrete-paved bike path (left) and a decomposed-granite walk path (right)
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There are various park features interspersed through Veterans Park - kids play structures (in photo on right), as well as veteran memorials, fitness stations, seating areas, and more
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Veterans Park features extensive native landscaping, including plantings in bioswales to soak rainwater into the earth. The landscaping allowed under power lines does not include taller trees, which might grow to interfere with the wires high overhead.
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The park right-of-way is intersected by many 2-lane residential streets. Cyclists and pedestrians cross these fairly-low-traffic streets at grade. Many of the crosswalks include high-visibility flashing light signs.
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For comparison, this is the unimproved utility right-of-way in 2014 - via Google Street View
For comparison, this is the unimproved fenced-off utility right-of-way in 2014 - via Google Street View
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Veterans Park
Veterans Park signs are on both ends of the park.
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