Congratulations to the Department of Public Works Bureau of Engineering, which has received the 2019 Outstanding Park and Recreation Project Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Metropolitan Los Angeles Branch for the newly opened Albion Riverside Park. The six (6) acre triangle-shaped park is adjacent to the Los Angeles River in Lincoln Heights. The overall objective of the project was to implement Low Impact Development, Green Infrastructure, and Best Management Practice (BMP) measures to improve the water quality of stormwater prior to discharging into the Los Angeles River and ultimately into the Pacific Ocean. The remainder of the park was also developed for recreational uses, educational purposes, and improved access along the river. Recreational amenities at the site include multi-purpose athletic fields, walking paths, adult fitness zones, a children’s play area, picnic area, a new parking lot with permeable paving, site landscaping and a plaza.
The awards are given based on innovative efforts and achievement over adverse conditions, use of sustainability practices and leading-edge engineering technologies, innovative approaches to funding, use of advanced technologies and materials, and the scale of the project. The ASCE Awards are selected from nominations made by the Younger Member Forum, Life Member Forum, Technical Groups, Committees, and individual members. The Awards Committee is composed of professional civil engineering members from both the public and private sector. All Award winners will be forwarded to the LA Section for consideration for an LA Section Award.