|Los Angeles State Historic Park|
|Location||Los Angeles County, California|
|Nearest city||Los Angeles, California|
|Area||32 acres (13 ha)|
|Governing body||California Department of Parks and Recreation|
Los Angeles State Historic Park (LASHP) is a California State Park within the Chinatown neighborhood of Los Angeles. Also known as the Cornfield, the former brownfield consists of a long open space between Spring Street and the tracks of the Metro Gold Line.Located outside the main commercial and residential area in the northeast portion of Chinatown, the area is adjacent and southeast of the Elysian Park neighborhood.
This former site of the Southern Pacific Transportation Company's River Station (1876−1901) is considered the "Ellis Island of Los Angeles" where new arrivals from the East first disembarked. 32-acre (13 ha) site was established as a California state park in 2001.Corn leaking from train cars and sprouting along the tracks gave rise to the nickname The Cornfield. The
In 2001, a five-foot section of the historical Zanja Madre irrigation canal was uncovered.In 2005, the former industrial site was transformed into a productive cornfield for one season as an art project called "Not a Cornfield."
In 2006, a contest was held in conjunction with the California State Parks Foundation to select a design for the park.The preliminary park opened on September 23 of the same year. Hargreaves and Associates of San Francisco ultimately won the contest.
Development of the park has been slow.California's budget deficit forced officials to scale back plans for the park in 2010, earmarking $18 million instead of the planned $55 million. Plans for a bridge, water fountain, theme gardens, an upscale restaurant, as well as an ecology center with restored wetlands were tabled. The tabled features may be added later if funding becomes available. As of 2018, the park is now open; the campfire circle, restrooms and parking lot are available for public use.
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