The Los Angeles Zoo Parking Lot Project is one of the several Proposition O Clean Water Bond projects that will remove trash and other pollutants in urban runoff before discharge into Los Angeles' water bodies.
The Los Angeles Zoo is a major attraction in the City of Los Angeles, located in Griffith Park and next to the Los Angeles River. However, its existing main parking lot consists of 33 acres of impermeable asphalt pavement that flood during large storm events. The existing asphalt pavement throughout most of the parking lot is also damaged, creating safety issues for vehicles and pedestrians. Furthermore, stormwater runoff from the Zoo parking lot picks up trash and other pollutants as it naturally flows straight to the Los Angeles River.
The City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works will improve the existing main parking lot and implement stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) that will improve water quality. The parking lot improvements will upgrade the existing deteriorated parking area and demonstrate sustainable Low Impact Design (LID) principles. The BMPs for this project include:
- Bioretention cells
- Landscaping using California Native/drought tolerant plants
- Permeable pavement
- Educational signage