Caballero Creek Park will convert a blighted vacant lot into innovative new open space
LOS ANGELES, CA – Today Councilmember Bob Blumenfield announced a huge step forward in creating the Caballero Creek Park, converting a 1.6-acre underutilized site into a multiple-benefit park, located at the convergence of the Los Angeles River and Caballero Creek in Tarzana.
“I am proud that we are on the verge of creating a brand new park that the West Valley can be proud of,” said Blumenfield. “This park is not only an investment in our community and watershed, but also in the health, wellbeing and future of the LA River.”
The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA), Department of Recreation and Parks, Bureau of Sanitation, and General Services, and Los Angeles County have joined forces to design and complete the Caballero Creek Park. Blumenfield has also partnered with Reseda High School to utilize the new space as an outdoor classroom. The design utilizes innovative methods that lead to watershed protection, including a bioswale and a wetland component for storm water treatment. In 2016-17, a total of $750,000 in City MICLA bond funding was allocated to the Caballero Creek Park Project. After months of collaboration between Blumenfield, his staff and the City and County family, the project is ready to move forward.
Blumenfield’s motion gets the project rolling, specifically it moves funds to a unique fund for the project and authorize the Director of the Bureau of Sanitation to execute a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the MRCA to implement the Caballero Creek Park Project. It additionally moves to establish an MOU between the Department of Rec and Parks and the City regarding the implementation and maintenance of the park to ensure that it is well maintained and cared for as a community amenity.
This park will mark the third new City park that Blumenfield has helped create following the Costanso Fire Station Park and the LA River and Aliso Creek Confluence Park. He also worked closely on the new and improved Woodland Hills Rec Center that reopened in August 2017, as well as many renovations at various parks throughout his community.