GREEN TI: TERMINAL ISLAND FREEWAY MASTER PLAN

GREEN TI: TERMINAL ISLAND FREEWAY MASTER PLAN

Client City of Long Beach
Location Long Beach

Poor health outcomes and conflicting land-uses prompted the City of Long Beach to apply for an Environmental Justice Grant in 2013. RELM led a design team in conducting a feasibility study looking to decommission a one-mile segment of the Terminal Island Freeway in West Long Beach where residents experience some of the highest rates of asthma in all of LA County due to heavy industry, environmental pollution, and lack of open space.

After multiple community engagement sessions—giving residents voice and agency to City Officials—the team envisioned an expansive linear open space network organized around bicycle and pedestrian circulation, recreation, and natural systems. The northern end of the park is characterized by an expansive open play and event lawn. The Southern portion re-establishes tidal wetlands while an urban forest, punctuated through and around the site, functions as a landscape filter, removing particulate matter from the air, and forming a green buffer to the active industry beyond.