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The Piggyback Yard
Alternative 20 – the US Army Corps of Engineers Recommended Plan – focuses on the Union Pacific’s Piggyback Yard, the last active rail yard in the city of Los Angeles. Alternative 20 promises to transform this site into a vibrant habitat the people and native creatures of Los Angeles can enjoy which also serves as a component in an ecologically conscious flood detention system. Alternative 20 will transform the Piggyback Yard into LA’s Central Park.

The Piggyback Yard today.

The Piggyback Yard today.

With approximately three quarters of a mile of riverfront just across the river from Los Angeles’s Union Station, the century-old Piggyback Yard largely disappeared from view, swallowed up by the the city’s growing infrastructure. The 5 Freeway and the County USC Medical Center crowd it from the east. The Brewery artists’ colony, United Parcel Service’s mammoth Main Street facility and the San Antonio Winery border it on the north. The Sheriff’s “twin towers” prison, a Metro bus maintenance facility; and Piper Tech, the home of the City helicopter fleet, face the River from the east. A mountain of concrete aggregate and a junk foreign auto parts lot flank the River on the south.

The Piggyback Yard tomorrow.

A rendering of a restored Piggyback Yard

The Piggyback Yard is the last great open space along the Los Angeles River. FoLAR is committed to preserving it s the crown-jewel of Los Angeles River restoration creating a massive green space in the very heart of Los Angeles.


The Piggyback Yard Design and Planning Report | June 2013

The Piggyback Yard Feasibility Study outlines the development and hydrological programs that will transform Piggyback Yard from a concrete industrial landscape to a “River Destination” with the L.A.River featured as its primary asset.

The Study follows the frameworks established from the 2010 Conceptual Master Plan which reflect the core principles of the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan that look to transform the River into an environmental, community and economic asset for the city of Los Angeles.

Click here to view the report.