Los Angeles civic center to become â€˜multicultural gardenâ€™
The ambitious plan which is set to cost $56 Million to design and build will turn the dilapidated corner of downtown Los Angeles into â€˜a pedestrian-orientated oasisâ€™ according to L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina. The park will be designed by award winning firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios who were responsible for the design of four similar projects in another west coast city, Santa Monica.Their design calls for four zones -- an event lawn for rallies and concerts, a community terrace featuring a multicultural garden, a performance space with a stage, and a plaza whose centerpiece would be the historic Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain. It would be situated on a steep hill, with two major thoroughfares -- Broadway and Hill Street -- cutting through it where designers, say they have tried to take advantage of those features as much as possible. However the park has drawn criticism from critics who have argued that the design is not as ambitious or avant-garde as hoped for, but additional money would need to be raised to add features like restaurants, a carousel, and an outdoor pavilion.Although the plan is subject to approval, officials hope to break ground on the park by mid-2010. Construction of the entire 16 acres would take two years, but there is a possibility that the event lawn would open within a year.