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North Atwater Park is getting ready for its close-up

A sorta hidden gem of a park in north Atwater Village is getting a higher profile today…for the facelift it's been getting for a while. 

 City officials broke ground on a restoration project in late 2010. Joe Linton and the LA Creek Freak team have poked their heads over the fences and documented how the restoration project's going for the last year-plus. (They even wrote a poison pen letter to graffiti loving fools who spray painted on the wall along the river walk.) What's cool about the park is it's not just a park; it's an integral part of the Los Angeles River watershed. A tributary to the river will get to operate as nature intended if everyone sets this up right. 

Today Interior Secretary Salazar (and let's hope, his cowboy hat) are going to be in town to check on progress and talk about the general awesomeness of river redevelopment. The federal government got a hand in helping it last year, when something called the Urban Water Federal Partnership adopted seven local-water-areas (Lake Pontchartrain was another one in my old town). 

In the meantime, check out the plan for what the North Atwater Park is going to look like (you can click for a better view). If Philip Alexander is right (on the the Atwater Village public forum), four years ago this area was "covered with graffitti and had multiple bullet holes through the basketball court's backboards."