Taylor Yard G2 River Park Project

WSP USA is leading the effort to transform an abandoned rail yard adjacent to the Los Angeles (LA) River into a vibrant community asset, and in turn catalyze a much larger river revitalization effort.

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Client

  • City of Los Angeles

Project Status

  • Ongoing

A Plan to Revitalize

Taylor Yard G2 River Park is considered the “crown jewel” of the City of LA’s visionary plan to revitalize 31 miles of its famous, channelized river. The 42-acre G2 riverfront parcel is situated in the center of the LA Basin, where the river winds through and divides park-poor neighborhoods.

Due to its size, context and potential, the project will be the first one of major scale and significance implemented along the LA River and is viewed as a major step towards further river revitalization efforts. Transformation of the site will support environmental cleanup and sustainability, restore habitat, improve stormwater quality, provide urban greening and cooling and open more than one mile of direct riverfront access to local communities.

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WSP's Role

WSP is leading the project team, performing alternative concept analysis and design, and identifying a preferred alternative for further design and construction.

The project includes environmental and geotechnical site assessments, community stakeholder engagement, and development of an implementation plan/pre-design report, including concepts for interim and long-term uses of the site. To support various grant funding opportunities, WSP is performing detailed analysis of existing soil contaminants and an initial hydraulic evaluation of potential design concepts, and ensuring all concepts are viable and supported by community stakeholders.

Community Engagement

WSP’s robust community engagement strategy involves outreach to disadvantaged and minority groups, facilitating several major public events, developing a project website, and administering an online public survey in English and Spanish that garnered over 1,300 responses, a record for the City. WSP has also partnered with local non-profit groups to instill a sense of trust and partnership with community stakeholders.