The city is considering selling two small, contiguous west side parks for residential development and using the proceeds to buy land for a new park. The plan, which must also be approved by the City Council and the state Coastal Commission, was approved last week by the Planning Commission.
Commissioners stipulated that the new park would be the same size or larger than the existing ones, that land for the new parks would be purchased within one year, and that the city would find funds to make up any difference between the sale price of the parks and the purchase price of land for a new one.
"Basically, (the parks) are a long, narrow strip," said Commission Chairman Dick Gaylord. "We're going to find something that's more central, and more usable."
The parks are between San Francisco and Golden avenues, south of 4th Street. By agreement with the state Coastal Commission, the new park must be located in the area bounded by the Los Angeles River, 7th Street, Pacific Avenue and Ocean Boulevard.