Ramona Gardens Natural Park, Los Angeles
Ramona Gardens is in the top 1% of the most polluted communities in California. Residents suffer disproportionately high levels of respiratory diseases, with children suffering from asthma at twice the state average.
The reason is just 150 feet away. The neighborhood is adjacent to a 15-lane transport corridor, including one of the USA’s busiest freeways, and residents are subjected to fumes and noise of around 218,000 cars and trucks every day.
In partnership with the community and Legacy LA, WSP showed we could reduce air pollution impacts by transforming a four-acre strip of under-utilized land between the neighborhood and freeway into a living, anti-pollution buffer - a green ‘Natural Park’.