The little piece of land adjacent to the Conservation Society known as Pedro Huizar Park is about to get a makeover. First, VIA is planning to relocate one of the “tri-party”/”pagoda”-style bus shelters from downtown to the park located at the corner of King William and S. St. Mary’s Streets. It will be complete with lighting and a brick paver pad matching that of the Conservation Society’s driveway. This will be a big improvement over what is currently there, providing some shelter for bus riders.
Second, the Parks Department has agreed to screen the utility boxes in this area with a limestone wall matching the one that separates the park from the adjacent property. The wall will include a gateway sign for the King William Historic District. The second phase of this project will encompass a pathway through the “garden” section of the park, and new landscaping along the existing limestone wall. There are plans for either an art bench or art installation to be placed in this area (to be planned with the King William Cultural Art Committee). Look for construction to take place in the first quarter of 2016!
- Curtis Johnson