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101 Freeway park plan: Los Angeles City Council to seek funding

The 101 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles is seen in this undated file photo.

August 31, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Plans are moving forward to cover part of the 101 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles with a neighborhood park.

The L.A. City Council on Friday unanimously agreed to work with the nonprofit group Friends of Park 101 District to seek funding for the park. It would essentially be a large bridge atop the 101 Freeway that would include walkable green space and other park amenities.

The park would connect Olvera Street, Chinatown and Union Station in the north, with the Civic Center, Bunker Hill and Little Tokyo to the south. Those neighborhoods are currently separated.

Similar parks are already in place in Dallas and Phoenix, while local cities, such as Santa Monica, Glendale and Ventura, are considering plans as park space in urban areas becomes more scarce.

City News Service contributed to this report.