As a part of the Port of Los Angeles’s effort to redevelop local waterfront properties for the benefit of the community, the park was planted with 500 trees, 1,700 shrubs and 4.5 acres of sod. It offers walking and biking trails, shade trees, a bocce ball court, and more than four-acres of flat grassy area for recreation – all with a beautiful ocean view.
The sloped area near Crescent Avenue and 22nd Street, which had previously included native and non-native/invasive plants and a freshwater marsh, has been redeveloped to remove the invasive species while preserving and enhancing the marsh and native plants. Native plants are important not only because of their beauty and intrinsic value, but also because they are essential components of our local ecosystems and natural processes. These plants do the best job of providing food and shelter for native wild animals and insects.
Atop the elevated Crescent Avenue area, a pedestrian path was created to travel down into the park flatlands to provide an up-close view of this native habitat. In addition to the native and drought-resistant plants, other environmental features of the park include use of recycled water for landscaping maintenance and bioswales for storm water management.
22nd Street Park
E 22nd St, San Pedro, CA 90731
22nd Street Park Facts, courtesy Port of Los Angeles website:
- Approximately 18 acres
- 4.5 acres of which is flat, grassy area
- 12 acres open meadow
- 1.6 acres of parking (175 spaces)
- Flat grassy area for active recreation
- Walking paths with upland connections (0.5 mile)
- Meadow area
- Bike path/trails along its north and south perimeters
- Two bocce ball courts
- Benches and lighting
- Wayfinding signage to other waterfront locations
- Educational signage on the history of the area
- 500 Trees, including Coobah Willow Acacia, Flooded Gum, Australian Tea Tree, New Zealand Christmas Tree and Lilac Melaleuca
- 1,700 shrubs, including Brewer Saltbush, Bull Clover, California Sealavender, Yellowray Goldfields and Carpet Acacia
- Use of recycled water for landscaping maintenance (“purple pipe”)
- Bioswales used for stormwater management
- Use of drought tolerant plants
- Brownfield site was redeveloped into a public open space with water views
The new 22nd Street Park sits on the former Union Oil Company tank farm. The area had several very large, round storage tanks used for holding oil. Union Oil Company began in the 1920s and is one of the first and longest operating oil refiners and shippers at the Port of Los Angeles. The tank farm operated from 1958 to 1988. The site was remediated and closed in 1994. When the Port decided to create a park on this property as part of its waterfront enhancements program, numerous public workshops and meetings were held. A final project design emerged from the June 2006 Community Design Workshop. Construction of the Park began in 2008 and was completed in late 2009, at a total cost of $10.5 million.