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Destination Crenshaw Progressing Despite Not Meeting Initial Deadline

Rendering of 54th Street Park Destination Crenshaw

Destination Crenshaw's Sankofa Park has fallen behind its' slated February 24th opening. Nevertheless, subsequent phases of the $100-million art and open space initiative are progressing.

Earth movers indicate active construction at various sites along Crenshaw Boulevard, from Slauson Avenue to Leimert Park. These City lots are set to undergo a transformation into new parks with expansive open areas according to the Destination Crenshaw blueprint.

Illustrations of Welcome Park at 50th Street and 54th Street Park, along with the proposed design for I Am Park at the southern end near Slauson, show paved areas equipped with outdoor seating, shade structures, and new sculptures by renowned artists such as Alison Saar, Melvin Edwards, and Brenna Youngblood.

Also on deck is the refurbishment of the iconic 787-foot-long Crenshaw Wall at 50th Street, by the RTN Crew who were the original mural artists over two decades ago.

Leading the architectural endeavor is Perkins&Will, with Studio-MLA contributing landscape design and Gallagher & Associates spearheading storytelling exhibits and augmented reality features. African Giant Star Grass serves as a muse for the selection of building materials, as evidenced by the paving designs and shade pavilions planned for the corridor. Stretching 1.3 miles along Crenshaw Boulevard, the projects runs alongside the at-grade segment of the K Line.

The project's comprehensive vision encompasses four interpretive nodes, each highlighting a distinct aspect of urban development along Crenshaw Boulevard, amplifying the area's rich cultural heritage through unique experiences. Destination Crenshaw is envisioned as an outdoor museum aimed at reclaiming heritage and identity.

Upon completion, Destination Crenshaw will boast a total of 11 parks and a public amphitheater, accompanied by the addition of new street trees lining Crenshaw Boulevard.

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