Back in the day, the Southern Pacific Transportation Company’s river station in Los Angeles was in what is now the northeast portion of Chinatown. As the trains full of new arrivals would pull in, corn would sometimes leak from some of the cars and sprout all around the track. That led to the site being nicknamed The Cornfield. In 2006, the 32-acre site was established as Los Angeles State Historic Park but most locals know it as Cornfield Park.
Three years ago the park closed and a $20 million renovation project was set in motion. Unfortunately, redevelopment hit snags when contaminants were found in the ground, which delayed regrowth of grass in the area. Eventually, the kinks were worked out and a slew of new amenities were added. Now, the park—or whatever you want to call it—is officially reopening.
The reopening will happen April 22 at an event featuring a bunch of family-friendly celebrations and activities. What people will discover when they arrive at the now 34-acre park includes new restrooms, a visitors center, paved parking spaces, an event area, and a pedestrian bridge that rises over an excavated section. A new wetlands area and meadow have been added as well.