These proposed alternatives are reflected by a rough outline below and could be revised up until public release of the draft EIR/EIS, and then again in the final EIR/EIS.  The Project Management Team hopes to update this website accordingly.

Alternative 1:
Naturalized Creek


lower the land north of the creek


create earthen levees around the northern perimeter of the Reserve and north of Culver Blvd


remove armored Creek levees, realign the Creek to be a more natural, sinuous channel, and reconnect the channel to the marshplain


create and enhance wetland and upland habitats throughout the Reserve


install new trails, bike paths, gateways, educational and art features


improve existing parking areas

Alternative 2:
Partial Naturalized Creek


lower the land north of the creek


create earthen levees around the northern perimeter of the Reserve and north of Culver Blvd to just west of the junction with Jefferson Blvd and up to the existing south Creek levee


remove armored Creek levees, realign the Creek to be a more natural, sinuous channel, and reconnect the channel to the marshplain


create and enhance wetland and upland habitats throughout the Reserve, except to a lesser extent than Alternative 1


install new trails, bike paths, gateways, educational and art features


improve existing parking areas

Alternative 3:
Area A Oxbow


lower the land north of the creek


create earthen levee along the northern (Fiji Way) perimeter of the Reserve


create culverts along northern armored Creek levee in two places


create and enhance wetland and upland habitats north of Ballona Creek from SR-90 to the west end of Fiji Way


install new trails, bike paths, gateways, educational and art features


improve existing parking areas

Alternative 4:
No Project


no change in existing elevations


existing levees would remain unchanged


no culverts would be created; no new levee armoring would occur


exclusively small-scale community volunteer restoration efforts would occur (non-mechanized hand tools only)


ongoing influence of sea level rise would substantially affect exiting tidal wetlands and related habitats over time


no new visitor or recreational amenities would be provided


existing restricted access to the Ballona Reserve would continue


no parking structure would be built; no improvements to existing parking areas would be made