The G2 Parcel was purchased by the City of Los Angeles in March 2017 for $60 million. It was acquired for the purposes of providing a combination of park space, walking trails, wetlands, wildlife habitat, river access, public recreation, and acres of new publicly accessible open space in the middle of Los Angeles. Due to its former use as railyard, the G2 Parcel is a known brownfield under the regulatory oversight of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).
G2 was one portion of the original 244-acre property owned by Union Pacific in the Northeast Los Angeles neighborhoods of Glassell Park and Cypress Park, surrounded by the neighborhoods of Atwater Village, Elysian Valley, and Lincoln Heights. The Project site is bounded by the River to the west, the Rio de Los Angeles State Park to the east, the State-owned Taylor Yard G1 Bowtie parcel (G1 parcel) to the north, and the active Metrolink Central Maintenance Facility (CMF) to the south. When combined with Rio de Los Angeles State Park and the G1 parcel, the Project would contribute to 100 acres of open space along the LA River in the center of Los Angeles, the second largest metropolitan region in the country.
The Taylor Yard G2 Parcel Projects include assessment of the site's condition, soil remediation, and the design and construction of the new park space.
The first steps of planning, including conceptual design efforts and site assessments, are being funded by a $2 million Proposition 1 grant from the California State Coastal Conservancy.
Due to project site size and complexity, the development of the Taylor Yard G2 Parcel will be implemented as a series of multiple stand-alone projects.
In addition to these G2 projects, Engineering is also managing the construction of the Taylor Yard Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge which connects Cypress Park to Elysian Valley, and touches down towards the south end of G2.