Timeline

January 2007 – Jonathan Weiss begins discussing with environmentalists his idea of daylighting storm drains passing under future Expo Light rail.

February 2007 – UCLA Extension Landscape Architecture student Dean Howell provides “presentation sketches” for Expo Greenway concept.

May 21, 2007 – “I am writing in strong support of your proposal ....” (Sen. Sheila Kuehl)

July 2008 – Dean Howell expands “Expo Green Corridor” idea into his student “thesis,” calling it the “Expo Greenway”

July 3, 2009 – Reza Iranpour, Assistant Division Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Public Works’ Bureau of Sanitation Watershed Protection Division, takes an early–morning tour of the site that leads him to take on the project.

March 18, 2011 – Expo Board unanimously chooses the “no–parking” option for Expo Light Rail’s Westwood station.

November 17, 2011 – The Greenway “will not only facilitate the cleanup of urban runoff and help the city deal with TMDLs, but will also be a vast improvement in the park poor section of the city.” (Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz)

April 2012 – Watershed Protection Division of the Bureau of Sanitation issues a Final Concept Report.

August 2012 – Mayor Villaraigosa puts Expo Greenway “on the map” as one of the new parks in his 50 Parks Initiative.

June 27, 2013 – Groundbreaking ceremony marks installation of culverts beneath the Expo light rail line to carry the creek from one side of the tracks to the other.

July 8, 2013 – Steering Committee of stakeholders holds first meeting.

October 3, 2013 – Steering Committee hosts City of LA Staffers, TreePeople, and Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden for a meet and greet and site visit.

September 15, 2014 – Mayor (and Metro board chair) Eric Garcetti and Councilmember Paul Koretz visit site with Mike Shull (Rec & Parks gen’l mg’r) and Shahram Kharaghani (Watershed Protection Division mg’r)

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February 22, 2015 – Architect Jonnathan Padilla provides concept drawings and video for Outdoor Learning Center

October 20, 2016 – Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission recommends $2.2 million funding from Proposition 84 funds for the Greenway.

 


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