L.A. Councilman Jose Huizar cutting the ribbon at the new Air Treatment Facility in Boyle Heights. Photo courtesy of Jose Huizar's office
L.A. Councilman Jose Huizar cutting the ribbon at the new Air Treatment Facility in Boyle Heights. Photo courtesy of Jose Huizar’s office

The air may smell a bit better already this weekend near the Los Angeles River.

City officials marked the opening of an $18 million sewage-odor-reducing facility that doubles as a “greenway” park space with plants, trees and a walkway near the Los Angeles River.

The Boyle Heights facility will reduce odors emanating from the East Central Interceptor and North Central Outfall sewers that intersect nearby, while also providing space for the public to relax near the river, officials said.

“I’m very excited about the completion of this project and the vital green space it is bringing to the residents of Boyle Heights,” Councilman Jose Huizar said at the Friday opening..

The park will eventually connect to the Sixth Street Bridge, which is undergoing a major re-construction project, Huizar said.

The park and facility, both built on a one-third acre plot near the bridge, also includes benches and an entrance gate designed by artist Michael Amescua.

— City News Service

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