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Plans floated to fix City Hall lawn ruined by Occupy L.A. campers

January 16, 2012 | 10:33 am

Occupy LA lawn
The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks has created a website where the public can get information on plans to restore the City Hall lawn destroyed by the Occupy L.A. encampment.

The department presented three options for the park at a Downtown Neighborhood Council meeting last week and received a flood of feedback on what the public space should look like.

The lawn was destroyed after Occupy L.A. protesters were evicted Nov. 30, seven weeks after the movement took over the space.

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The first option would renovate the north lawn with decomposed granite and a flurry of plants native to California. It would return the south lawn to almost as it was by replanting the grass, said Michael Shull, superintendent of planning construction and maintenance.

The second plan would incorporate more drought-tolerant and California native plants into both lawns while still maintaining a sizable lawn for public events.

The third plan would incorporate native plants in all areas of the lawn excluding paved walkways, keeping grassy areas to a minimum.

The second option won in a straw poll at the neighborhood council meeting and is the front-runner for further development, Shull said.

“It still has the original use and affords the opportunity to use drought-tolerant plants,” he said.

A rendering and gross cost estimate for each of the options is on the website with a link to submit comments.


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Photo: A Department of Sanitation worker removes debris from City Hall's south lawn after the Occupy L.A. encampment was cleared out in November. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times