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Councilmember Harris-Dawson Dedicates New Manchester Boulevard Greenway

March 17, 2016

(Los Angeles) March 17, 2016 — Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, District 8, and other city officials dedicated the new Manchester Neighborhood Greenway in South Los Angeles today.

This project converted an existing neglected pathway to a low-maintenance green walkway. Project elements include new native shade trees and tree wells, landscaping with drought-tolerant plants, an irrigation system, a walkway of pervious pavers overlaying an infiltration basin, security fencing and gates, and solar-powered lighting for pedestrian safety.

“I’m proud to announce the new Manchester Neighborhood Greenway, a former neglected space that was transformed into an environmentally sustainable path for family-friendly recreational use,” said Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson. “Bringing more green and open spaces to the district has been one of my priorities to make our neighborhoods safe, beautiful and vibrant.”

“Projects like the Manchester Neighborhood Greenway enable us to capture and clean storm water, replenish our ground water supply and improve our environment,” said Enrique C. Zaldivar, P.E., Executive Director of LA Sanitation.

The new greenway will help capture urban runoff from the 110 Freeway and surrounding streets, removing oil, grease, metals, trash and other pollutants before returning filtered storm water to the storm drain system. This will help Los Angeles meet water quality requirements in streams, rivers and the ocean.

Manchester Neighborhood Greenway Project Partners and Supporters include Council District 8, LA Sanitation, Bureau of Engineering, Caltrans, LAPD, Bureau of Street Services, the LA Conservation Corps and the Empowerment Congress Southeast Area Neighborhood Development Council.

This project was undertaken in connection with the settlement agreement of two Clean Water Act enforcement actions, Santa Monica Baykeeper v. City of Los Angeles and United States, and State of California ex Rel. California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Region v. City of Los Angeles.