Earlier this year, the City of Los Angeles purchased Parcel G2, a 42-acre portion of the Taylor Yard site, located in the city’s Cypress Park neighborhood, near the intersection of the Golden State Freeway (Interstate 5) and the Glendale Freeway (State Route 2).
“Taylor Yard River Park is considered the ‘crown jewel’ of this revitalization plan,” said Michael Drennan, project manager for WSP. “It will advance the city’s significant habitat restoration goals for the river and help the city meet its health and sustainability goals through increased green space, storm water quality improvement, public access to a bike path along the Los Angeles River and the clean-up of contaminated soil,” said Drennan.
Until 1973, Union Pacific Railroad used the site for rail maintenance and fueling services for nearly all freight rail transport in and out of downtown Los Angeles. The yard was fully closed in 2006, and by 2009, most of the structures on the property were demolished.
Because of the site’s industrial history, WSP is preparing an implementation plan and pre-design report that includes a site remediation strategy and concept designs for phased development.
“The objective of a phased approach is to address required remediation as funding is available, while allowing more immediate public use of portions of the site, along with interim site uses for natural flora and fauna. We will also be considering more passive, natural methods of site remediation, such as phytoremediation,” Drennan said.
The soil at the site is known to be contaminated; therefore, all uses of the site are contingent upon the approval of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).
“Significant soil contamination must be addressed before the park can be opened,” Drennan said. “WSP has a long history of working with the California DTSC, which is responsible for oversight of this type of clean-up at this site.”