“This bridge will be a dream come true for hundreds of daily trail users in the Baldwin Hills Parklands,” added David McNeill, Executive Officer of the Baldwin Hills Conservancy. “The Conservancy is grateful the final piece of the Park to Playa vision is fully funded and ready to be built for people and wildlife to safely cross La Cienega.” The Board of Supervisors approved building a pedestrian bridge over La Cienega Boulevard to create the final link in the 13-mile Park to Playa trail that would stretch from the Baldwin Hills to the Pacific Ocean once completed in 2020.
The bridge will link the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook and Stoneview Nature Center to the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation area. Aside from the bridge, the Board also approved new trails, landscaping, security fencing and wayfinding signage on both sides of the bridge.
“What we are doing here is trailblazing,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “With the Park to Playa trail, South Los Angeles residents finally have a direct route for walking, running or biking through the Baldwin Hills all the way to the beach. It will be good for their minds, bodies and souls.”
The Park to Playa network of trails, parks and open spaces begins along Stocker Street just west of Crenshaw Boulevard, proceeds west through the Baldwin Hills and onto the Ballona Creek to the Ballona Wetlands in Culver City, eventually connecting to the Marvin Braude bicycle path on the beach in Playa del Rey.
The eastern half of the Park to Playa trail is a 6.5-mile system of walking, hiking and biking trails through the Baldwin Hills Parklands. The segment of the trail that connects the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook to the Stoneview Nature Center was completed this summer.
The County Departments of Parks and Recreation and Public Works, the Baldwin Hills Conservancy, and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority have been working together to complete the trail, which spans multiple jurisdictions, including the cities of Culver City and Los Angeles, and State Parks property.