Damaged DTLA Parklet to Be Repaired, Four New L.A. Parklets in 2015

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Last July a drunk driver damaged this parklet on Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles. The city is working with parklet sponsors, the Historic Core Business Improvement District, to repair it for a March re-opening. Photo: Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.

In July 2014, according to coverage at LAist and CBS, a drunk man made off with his friend’s car and, after clipping a couple of parked cars, smashed into a parklet. That parklet is located in front of Downtown Los Angeles’ L.A. Cafe, on Spring Street between 6th Street and 7th Street. Sadly, since the collision, the parklet has been closed.

The L.A. City Department of Transportation (LADOT) People St program recently announced that the Historic Core Business Improvement District (HCBID), L.A. City Councilmember Jose Huizar, and LADOT have collaborated to devise repair and modification plans for the damaged parklet. According to HCBID executive director Blair Besten, the repairs will cost “into the thousands of dollars.” Besten said that the HCBID and LADOT “are taking the opportunity to revamp some things about the parklet that we thought could be a better use of space. For example, the [stationary exercise] bikes were underutilized, so we are replacing them with additional seating and bike racks.”

In addition, People St’s Valerie Watson stated that LADOT will be adding “reflective flexible delineators on parklet corners, like the ones you see out on Broadway Dress Rehearsal, for extra nighttime visibility.”

Besten said, “We are excited to get this program back up and running for the neighborhood and hope everyone will be happy with the usability changes we are making.”

In addition to getting the damaged parklet back up to spec, People St announced that four more parklets are on the way, and they are expected to appear on L.A. streets by late 2015. 

There will be one more parklet coming to Downtown Los Angeles. It will be at 1111 Hope Street in South Park, and is sponsored by the South Park BID.

The three others will be located on the Westside, the first L.A. City parklets there. One will be built at 15231 La Cruz Drive in Pacific Palisades, sponsored by Palisades P.R.I.D.E. Two others, sponsored by the Motor Avenue Improvement Association, will be installed at 3272 and 3370 Motor Avenue in Palms.

LADOT crews painting the new plaza at Leimert Park last week. Photo by Kathleen Smith
LADOT crews painting the new plaza at Leimert Park Village last week. Photo by Kathleen Smith

LADOT’s People St program has been busy lately, sprucing up the Sunset Triangle Plaza and painting three new plazas last week.

 

  • jennix

    Why should it cost anything to repair the parklet? Make the asshat that crashed into it pay. Isn’t that why we have car insurance and civil trials?

  • Alex Brideau III

    I was wondering about the cost estimate as well. I hope the offender (and/or his insurance) will be expected to pay for the repairs, and Ms. Besten was just providing the cost for informational purposes.

  • One can only hope the reason it took a year was to get a settlement from the insurance company

  • Joe Linton

    Well… I asked both the city and the BID about whether the car insurance would pay… and neither could tell me. I think that it should… and that this would set a good precedent.

  • Alex Brideau III

    My understanding is that when a driver damages public property they are expected to pay for its repair. (My friend once hit a guardrail and had to pay for its repair.)

  • Jake Bloo

    Wow. Two on Motor. I guess Palms is getting ready for that Expo boost, eh?

  • Phantom Commuter

    Just shows what a bad idea these “parklets” are. And ugly !

  • Gnarly. Car on top of what I believe is / was a foosball table at Spring St. parklet #DTLA pic.twitter.com/CgSoj4oBva— DINO DINCO (@THATDINODINCO) July 12, 2014

    So, this happens July 2014 and repairs still haven’t been made. Is this part of the future parklet plan?

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