The city of Glendale is moving forward with plans for a park...which could stretch across parts of the 134-freeway. Hal Eisner is live in La Canada Flintridge, to explain.
Try to imagine this... you're driving through
Glendale on the 134. You look up. Instead of seeing the sky there's a roof.
It's a tunnel. On top of the tunnel is a park. That's basically what planners
are looking at doing in the center of Glendale. Oh, and that park would be
super-sized costing, possibly billions! Alan Loomis is principal designer for
the City of Glendale. He says there could be as many as 28 acres in the
Glendale park covered with open space, bike trails, retail shops and even a
convention facility. Simply put, they're talking about building land in the air
by capping the freeway. The first "capped park" was in Seattle in the
70's, but this is a new trend that Loomis finds very exciting.
He and others I've talked with say when big freeways came along neighborhoods
were split up. Now, by building parks over the freeways, they are restoring
what was separated so many years ago. He says Memorial Park in La
Canada-Flintridge is a perfect example of how to do it right. This park is a
little different from Glendale's plan. There was once a school on the grounds
of this one. The school had to move so the 210 Freeway could be built. But, in
doing so, they split La Canada-Flintridge in half separating one side of the
city and another. Patricia Anderson, with the La Canada-Flintridge Chamber of
Commerce, says the school moved and eventually the city took over the space
above the freeway for it's "capped park". She says that with the
park's many concerts and other activities the community seem a little more
There is much talk about this sort of above-the-freeway park. LA is talking
about developing one in the Downtown area and there could be one in Hollywood
over the 101.
The one thing I noticed as I stood in Memorial Park was it didn't seem like
there was a freeway right under my feet, but all I had to do was look a few
feet away to see the cars driving under me. Cue the "Twilight Zone"