A Park Atop 101 Freeway in Downtown? Park 101 Open House Set for May

As plans and fundraising move forward to cap the 101 Freeway in Hollywood, a similar idea in downtown will take a step next month when Park 101 District organizers host a community meeting and open house. The event, which dovetails with the Downtown Art Walk is on May 13th from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Caltrans District 7 building.

The 1⁄2 mile park would help connect downtown's various communities and encourage new development. "It will provide opportunities for the creation of new signature urban boulevards along First Street, Cesar Chavez Avenue, Sunset Boulevard, Alameda Avenue and Grand Avenue that will become models for future great streets throughout Los Angeles," reads the event flyer. "This area would also become the cornerstone for new livable communities and corridors for development in the adjacent neighborhoods of Chinatown, Boyle Heights, Highland Park, Echo Park the Civic Center and Downtown."

The idea has been around since 2008 and Caltrans has a webpage dedicated to it. Santa Monica would also like to cap the 10 Freeway for a park.