Cap park set to transform part of freeway into dynamic public space
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DETAILS

LocationLos Angeles, California United States
ClientEstolano Advisors, SCAG, City of Los Angeles, Friends of Park 101
Size4 acres

The ambitious Park 101 aims to cover part of downtown Los Angeles’ 101 Freeway with a multi-purpose park that will include playgrounds, seating, festival areas, and a plaza. The approximately four-block park will reconnect the two sections of Downtown that have long been separated by the freeway, greatly enhancing the currently noisy, with much-needed shade and green space.

SWA and John Kaliski Architects are providing landscape architectural and urban design services and advice to the Park 101 Phase 3 study, led by Estolano Advisors. The study’s goal is to advance the project from the planning phase to the project implementation phase. SWA is an advisor on programming, design options, development, density, and managing the park’s interaction with pedestrians and vehicles on surrounding streets.

This project has been a truly collaborative and multi-disciplinary effort. Cap parks are increasingly seen as the future of creating green space in urban areas. SWA’s experience with on-structure parks in Asia has imparted important lessons for the future of urban parks and density in Los Angeles.

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