North Atwater Park Expansion


SCH Number
Public Agency
The Resources Agency
Document Title
North Atwater Park Expansion
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The proposed project involves expanding North Atwater Park from 3 acres to approximately 5 acres by converting an undeveloped portion of the Department of Recreation and Park's Central Service Yard (CSY), which abuts the Los Angeles River, to open space and low-intensity recreational uses. Also included in the park expansion is an intervening natural drainage swale which collects storm water and urban runoff from Chevy Chase Drive and discharges it to the LA River. The expansion site will be designed as a naturalized area with California native trees and plants that will serve to absorb and filter surface runoff that would normally carry pollutants to the LA River. Other site improvements include decomposed granite paths, picnic tables, irrigation systems, pedestrian access to the existing walkway/bikeway along the LA River; re-stripping of the adjacent CSY parking area; and kiosks that inform and educate visitors on the natural history and environmental resources associated with the project sire and the LA River. With respect to the drainage swale, invasive plants will be removed along its entire length and re-vegetated with native riparian plants; erosion control measures may be implemented as part of this effort due to the swale's steep slopes. In addition, a stormceptor unit will be installed at the head of the swale to capture trash and other pollutants. A footbridge will be constructed over the swale to connect the two areas of the park. Park patrons will be the primary beneficiaries of the project.

Contact Information

Linda M. Smith
Agency Name
The Resources Agency
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Los Angeles, Los Angeles, City of
Los Angeles

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Type, Section or Code
Class 1,4,11
Reasons for Exemption
The proposed project consists of the operation, repair, maintenance or mi nor alteration of existing public structures and facilities. Involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond that previously existing, including bicycle and pedestrian trails and erosion control facilities; minor alterations to the condition of public land, water and/or vegetation, including filling of earth into previously excavated land, and maintenance and preservation of land elevation in areas of land settlement and subsidence with material compatible with the natural features of the site; and construction or placement of minor structures accessory to (appurtenant to) to existing institutional facilities, including on-premise signs, fame courts, play equipment, drinking fountains, restrooms, fences, walks and other accessory structures.

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