LOS ANGELES OFFICIALS including Councilman Bill Rosendahl (third from right) marked the completion of a $14 million project at Penmar Park that is designed to improve the quality of stormwater runoff that empties into the waters off Venice Beach.

LOS ANGELES OFFICIALS including Councilman Bill Rosendahl (third from right) marked the completion of a $14 million project at Penmar Park that is designed to improve the quality of stormwater runoff that empties into the waters off Venice Beach.

Los Angeles city officials and community members celebrated the completion of a massive stormwater project at Penmar Park in Venice April 15.
The $14 million Prop O project is designed to improve the quality of stormwater runoff that empties into the waters off Venice Beach. The project contains the largest stormwater storage tank in the city that will be used to store and irrigate Penmar’s baseball field and golf course.
“This Prop O stormwater project is an engineering masterpiece,” said Councilman Bill Rosendahl. “I applaud the city departments that collaborated on a system to clean stormwater runoff that flows into Santa Monica Bay, as well as store water for reuse. This project will show future generations that we care about the environment and the people who live here.”
Located underneath a baseball field at Penmar Park, the storage tank measures 180 feet wide by 20 feet deep and holds 2.75 million gallons of water.
“What’s exciting here – we didn’t have to buy property for this project,” said Gary Lee Moore, general manager for the Bureau of Engineering. “The partnership with (the Department of Recreation and Parks) has enabled us to restore the ball fields with new grass, as well as irrigate the ball fields and neighboring golf course.”
The last element to the project involves the installation of the irrigation system at the baseball field. This work is expected to start later this year.

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