This groundbreaking idea imagines that the section of right-of-way between Overland and Military could be used as a “greenway” to provide green space, urban runoff treatment and recreational opportunities. The Expo Greenway could include amenities such as a simulated stream, native landscaping, a tree-lined buffer to filter urban runoff, smart irrigation, a dedicated bikeway and pedestrian paths marked with educational placards.
This is a terrific opportunity to provide parkland and green space in a densely populated urban area that sorely needs it. (National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) 3/26/09)
A perfect classroom for students to observe these environmental practices and accomplish the City’s watershed protection goals and provide park space in an area that desperately needs it.
Students from schools all along the Expo Line from Overland Avenue Elementary School to Dorsey High School to Foshay Learning Center will be able to access the Greenway either on foot or by light rail to participate in educational programs promoting awareness of water and other environmental issues which are critical to this region. They will see storm water treatment reducing the pollution entering our ocean. They will also see a native plant garden which provides the sights and smells of a walk in the hills: birds and butterflies feeding and pollinating, the perfume of the sages, and the brilliant blue ceanothus in the spring. Many young people across the city do not have the opportunity to access this type of experience. (Letter to State Water Board - 11/12/13)