Milton Street Park
12500 Milton Street, Los Angeles
Milton Street Park in West Los Angeles provides access to the popular seven-mile Ballona Creek Trail and Bike Path and a welcoming smartly-designed park space to encourage visitors to enjoy the natural environment of Ballona Creek and the recreational opportunities along the bike path. The park is located next to the “soft bottom” part of Ballona Creek, where aquatic plant and animal life are abundant. Park features include California native trees, a shade structure, a drinking fountain, comfortable sitting areas, walking paths, grass, and fragrant drought-tolerant landscaping.
Other elements include the incorporation of sustainable features such as water-smart irrigation and permeable gabion walls. The community space is enhanced by a grand entry stairway that also serves as an outdoor classroom for environmental education about the creek. Interpretive displays are strategically placed to enrich the experience. Extending outside of the park, Milton Street itself has been converted to a “green street” to capture and infiltrate surface water before it drains into Ballona Creek.
Largely funded by the Baldwin Hills Conservancy, the park is owned by the Baldwin Hills Regional Conservation Authority (BHRCA), which is a joint powers authority between the County of Los Angeles 2nd Supervisorial District and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority designed and built the park with a planning process that included extensive community input and continues to manage the park.