A 12-acre park is coming to the underside of the new Sixth Street Bridge and Boyle Heights residents have voiced their preference for the design. There were three design options that community members were able to choose from for the green space, called the Sixth Street Viaduct Mobility Park, Arts and River Commons, or PARC for short.

Streets Blog LA reports that the layout that won is known as “canopy and objects,” a style that is said to be organic feeling, allows for wandering, and “reflects the bridge architecture.” Photos for this concept show a curvy walk path, a rock climbing wall, and a meadow tree area.

Park designers presented three potential concepts for the canopy and objects layout at a community outreach meeting last Tuesday. Some of these options focused on incorporating sports, soccer fields, more greenery and family-friendly areas among possible amenities. Attendees at last week’s meeting asked for skate park options and project designers reportedly are looking into the possibility of adding skate facilities after hearing that feedback.

The PARC will extend west to Mateo Street and east to the 101 Freeway, connecting the Arts District, LA River, and Boyle Heights together. This new park comes as part of the city’s project to rebuild the Sixth Street Viaduct. The old bridge was torn down last year due to concerns that it would eventually crumble because of a chemical reaction in the concrete.

Kyle Garcia

Kyle García is a former web editor with Boyle Heights Beat.

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