Chinatown Park Moves Toward Groundbreaking

The park at Ord and Yale streets in Chinatown is on a steep incline of land, and will be separated into multiple levels connected by a set of paths.

A long-in-the-works park in Chinatown appears finally to be moving toward a groundbreaking. The city is expected to close escrow this week on a one-acre parcel at Yale and Ord streets, according to the office of City Councilman Gil Cedillo, whose First District includes Chinatown. A groundbreaking is expected by January.

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Planning for the park started in 2010 and $8.25 million was secured by 2014, but the process was delayed amid unforeseen challenges in acquiring the land. The L-shaped public space will include a children’s playground, fitness equipment, shade structures and public artwork. Due to the steep incline of the land, the park will be split into multiple levels connected by a set of trails. Downtown-based AHBE Landscape Architects designed the park.

Construction is expected to last approximately a year. The news was first reported by the website Urbanize L.A.