The community celebrated the grand opening of the North Atwater Creek Restoration and Park Expansion project on April 12, 2012. The $4-million project regraded an 800-foot narrow open channel, reshaped it, and removed invasive plant species to improve water flow. Structural stormwater best management practices including a trash removal device and native vegetation improve water quality draining from the park to the Los Angeles River. The project adds three acres to the existing North Atwater Park, highlighted by a new picnic area and an outdoor classroom.
This multibenefit park and clean water project was undertaken as part of the Clean Water Justice settlement to eliminate sewer spills in the Baldwin Hills, South Central Los Angeles, Highland Park and Glassell Park, and improve the sewer system city wide.