Huge South Park development will bring a new park to Downtown LA

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A major new development under construction in Downtown LA’s booming South Park neighborhood will be joined by a small public park, providing a bit of green space right beside the project’s 38-story residential tower.

Developer Mack Urban will present plans for the half-acre park tomorrow to the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council’s Planning and Land Use Committee. According to a presentation on the project (first spotted by Urbanize LA), designer Rios Clementi Hale Studios has examined three possible concepts for the park, which will be called South Grand Park.

The first design would center the park around a small outdoor performance space with seating arced around it; the second would include a grassy lawn, a treehouse, and a sculptural canopy; the third would have a shallow water feature, room for food vendors, and communal seating.

All three designs would incorporate a paseo through the park, public art features, and a dining terrace extending out from ground-floor restaurant space in the residential high-rise.

After receiving community feedback, Rios Clementi Hale has drafted a design that incorporates popular elements of the different concepts, including food vendors, a water feature, and the treehouse.

The designers will hold a community workshop October 23 to further review plans for the project.

Set amid Mack Urban’s massive mixed use project, developed in partnership with AECOM Capital, the park will be a small part of a multi-phase development set to bring a plethora of new apartments, shops, and restaurants to the area. The first phase of the project—a pair of seven-story structures with 362 apartments—wrapped up earlier this year.

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