The Arboretum Visitor Plaza Project (project) will create a new arrival and entrance experience for visitors to the LA County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. The project will improve accessibility and include new landscaping that prioritizes stormwater management through the use of rain gardens to receive and cleanse runoff. Specifically, the proposed project is comprised of the following components:
• The Arrival Plaza will expand the current entrance and include featured plantings that highlight regionally iconic plants.
• The Welcome Pavilion will restore the historic 1956 gatehouse with four admission ticket windows, including one ADA accessible window, and give more prominence and access to the membership office.
• The Welcome Plaza will be improved to include enhancements, such as a visitor information kiosk, adjacent seating, restrooms, and beverage hospitality, to better connect visitors with the educational experiences, botanical diversity, and family adventures of the Arboretum landscape.
• The South Lot Improvements will create accessible parking and an accessible path of travel from the existing South Parking Lot to the new Arrival Plaza.