Eyes on the Street: New Security Fence at Ed Reyes River Park, Opening Soon?

New permanent fence at Ed Reyes River Park. Photo: Sahra Sulaiman/Streetsblog LA
New permanent fence at Ed Reyes River Park. Photo: Sahra Sulaiman/Streetsblog LA

There’s a brand new security fence at Ed P. Reyes River Park, located just east of the Metro Gold Line in Lincoln Heights.

This L.A. City Bureau of Sanitation mini-park features a day-lighted creek bed that cleanses urban runoff water. The park also features native plantings, walkways, benches, and educational signage.

Although the park is considered “new” and has yet to open to the public, construction was completed some time ago. Sahra previewed it last November, when its inauguration appeared imminent. When the park failed to open, KCET reported that the delays were due to security issues that the new fence appears intended to resolve.

The park has been standing so long, it's furniture is starting to look worse for (no) wear. Sahra Sulaiman/LA Streetsblog
The park has been standing so long, its furniture is starting to look worse for (no) wear. Sahra Sulaiman/LA Streetsblog

Calls to Gil Cedillo’s office last month regarding the park’s status were not returned.

So, while it remains unclear when it will officially open, as of two days ago, the gates remained unlocked.

  • James

    Are we going to have to wait until it’s renamed after Gil Cedillo and a new plaque is installed?

  • Cedillo Sucks

    Note Cedillo picked the most hideous fence possible to “protect” the park. It really looks like a jail now. Meanwhile, Spring St Park in downtown has a more charming, and aesthetically pleasing fence that doesn’t look like it’s there to impale visitors.

  • Echo

    This is what happens when the people making decisions don’t care about the fate of the city. Some thoughtless staff person at Sanitation, who lives in Valencia, found the easiest solution that would require the least amount of effort on their part.

  • Jeffrey Baker

    Why would a public facility like a park need a fence? Who is kept out?

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