California Department of Transportation
Leonis Adobe Association
Reconstruction of a major freeway interchange on the outskirts of Los Angeles required the encroachment onto a portion of undeveloped open space belonging to the Leonis Adobe, a historic monument. Through negotiation, cooperation, creative funding, and design, Caltrans and the Leonis Adobe Association developed a plan to construct a community park with a historical orientation. This plan ensured the preservation of existing riparian habitat, preserved ancient oak trees, and combined a unique blend of historical, recreational, and ecological resources into a lasting educational experience that would be maintained by the Association in perpetuity. Since its dedication, the park has become a gathering place for civic events and public functions. Because of these community benefits brought about through the partnership of Caltrans and the Leonis Adobe Association, this valuable open space will be preserved for future generations to enjoy.