Second Workshop for Urban Greening Project Receives Warm Reception from Community
Members of the community attend the design workshop for the proposed Urban Greening Project on First Thursday at the Warner Grand Theatre. (photo: Corey Washington)
The second major update and design workshop for the proposed Urban Greening Project was warmly received by community members on First Thursday last week as officials fielded questions and solicited feedback at an event held in the Warner Grand Theatre.
Officials provided large display renderings and maps of the proposed project to illustrate the design thus far and outlined which areas the project would encompass. Proponents of the Urban Greening Project have been trying to garner community support and feedback since the project’s first public unveiling on June 5. The San Pedro Urban Greening Advisory Committee is seeking feedback and interest from the public to help project designers compile a master plan.
The Urban Greening Project, which is primarily a comprehensive greening plan, would connect green pathways, trees, and plants along various routes in commercial and residential areas throughout the city. The project may include storm water enhancements to redirect the flow of rainfall and extraneous water. Other proposed additions have included small parks, trails and improved greenery.
Attendees at the second workshop included the project team of L.A. Conservation Corps, Clean San Pedro, Melendrez Design Consultants, and members of the Urban Greening Advisory Committee.
In a press release, Larry Smith, Community Development Director of the L.A.
Conservation Corps and Project Manager for the San Pedro Urban Greening Plan said, “Our focus is on pushing the envelope on what is possible in the way of urban greening in San Pedro while ensuring that the Plan itself is doable.”
“The goal is to make sure the plan represents the views of the community and meets the urban greening needs of the community, while laying out the path to implementation,” he added.
A grant written in 2011 facilitated the funding for the design workshops and the hiring of a design consultant. Grant funding for the project was received last year, said Smith. A complete master plan will be necessary before a proposed budget can be drafted.
Kathleen Samberg, who visited the workshop for the first time, praised the project and said the city was long overdue for a greening plan that went beyond basic landscaping.
“I think the concept alone is something that San Pedro would benefit from and reflect the personality of the city,” she said. “It’s so beautiful I just can’t see a downside to it.”
The Urban Greening Project is supported by an advisory committee, which includes representatives for Congresswoman Janice Hahn (D-CA), Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino, the Port of Los Angeles, Clean San Pedro Inc., the Harbor Community Benefit Foundation, the San Pedro Neighborhood Councils, and the Historic Downtown Business Improvement District.
Input from previous workshops and results from the second design workshop will be used to prepare a final draft of the San Pedro Urban Greening plan and presented to the community at the third Design Workshop scheduled on Nov. 6. Based on the feedback and discussions from the third workshop, a final San Pedro Urban Greening Implementation Plan will be developed and distributed for public and agency review and comment, according to a press release.