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CONCEPTUAL PLAN FOR CORNFIELD

NEWSLETTER FALL 2004

The Cornfield
The Cornfield
Photo by Robbie LaBelle

 

The California Department of Parks and Recreation unveiled the conceptual plan for the state historic park at the Cornfield at a community meeting in Chinatown on July 13, 2004.

The City Project helped build and lead the diverse alliance that stopped warehouses in favor of a 32-acre park at the Cornfield. The conceptual plan includes recreation, cultural activities, natural open space, and a garden. A “Heritage Trail” for pedestrians and bicyclists will incorporate historical, cultural, and natural interpretive themes. Construction on the interim public use plan will begin in Fall 2004.

In April 2004, The City Project published an influential and highly acclaimed report, “The Cornfield and the Flow of History: People, Place, and Culture” to guide the general plan process (available at www.cityprojectca.org). The Cornfield State Park Advisory Committee noted that “a park at the Cornfield should be connected to the struggles, the histories, and the cultures of the rich and diverse communities that have surrounded it since the site was settled.”

The Los Angeles Times called the Cornfield a “heroic monument” and a “symbol of hope.” The Cornfield and its environs exemplify the struggle by low-income people of color in Los Angeles for livable communities with parks, playgrounds, schools, and recreation. In addition to creating playing fields and open space in a neighborhood that has none, the park in the Cornfield will improve the quality of life, create quality jobs, increase tourism and property values, promote economic revitalization of the community and preserve invaluable cultural and historic resources at the birthplace of Los Angeles.

The Cornfield is part of our broader vision for a comprehensive web of parks, playgrounds, schools, beaches, and transit that serves the diverse needs of a diverse population.