October 27, 2016
LAWT News Service
California State Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer, along with Councilmember Curren D. Price, Jr. of the New 9th, Commissioner Heather Repenning of the Board of Public Works, and other city officials commemorated the opening of the Avalon Green Alley Network with a ribbon cutting, community celebration and resource fair Saturday, October 22.
Featured in the New York Times as an example of green design, the Avalon Green Alley Network helped transform a debris-filled alley into a Green Alley by adding murals, infiltration trenches, native plants, permeable pavement, dry wells and other rainwater elements.
“For far too long, this was just another underused, overlooked and neglected space perceived as an eyesore for the neighborhood and a magnet for crime,” said Price, Jr.
“I am proud to say that is no longer the case because we all shared a vision of the type of community we want to live in and rightfully deserve.
“We’ve given new life to this urban alley and transformed it into a community asset that serves a variety of critical functions, such as providing safe passageways for local families walking home or on their way to school, parks, church, or a grocery store.”
“We are experiencing a record drought, and every drop of water we get is too precious to waste,” said Enrique C. Zaldivar, P.E., Executive Director of Los Angeles Sanitation. “Innovative projects like the Avalon Green Alley Network capture and recharge groundwater, as well as improve the water quality of the Los Angeles River by removing pollutants like trash, bacteria, metals and nutrients.”
“The Trust for Public Land is delighted to partner with the community, City of Los Angeles and the New 9th to open the Avalon Green Alley project,” said Tori Kjer Los Angeles Program Director The Trust for Public Land. “Multi-benefit projects like the Avalon Green Alley Network bring important greening and stormwater capture features to our most dense and park poor communities.”
The new Avalon Green Alley Network also provides a pathway in the community between schools, parks and a local grocery store.