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Confluence Plaza Officially Opens in Cypress Park

photo of the fountain at Confluence Plaza courtesy Wet Design
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Confluence Plaza officially opened Thursday with a full dedication complete with a brass band. The plaza, located at the corner of N. San Fernando Road and N. Figueroa Street, near Home Depot in Cypress Park, is part of a larger plan to beautify the stretch of the Los Angeles River that parallels the 5 Freeway and an industrial corridor.

The plaza is highlighted by an elaborate fountain, celebrating the confluence of -- no, not the 110 and 5 freeways but the L.A. and Arroyo Seco rivers. The columns of water are part of an $800,000 computer-controlled fountain, created by Wet Design, the same company that built the fountains at the Grove, Americana, and Bellagio, was first turned on last November, according to EastsiderLA.

The $4.7 Confluence Park project will include three of the corners at San Fernando Road, Figueroa Street and Riverside Drive when it's completed. Thanks to a partnership between the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the MRCA, what's been called "one of the ugliest, most devastated spots on the Los Angeles River" is on its way to beautification.

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