This is the next leg of our tour down the Dominguez Channel. These pictures were taken on the same day that the pictures in Tour de Channel – Part I were taken – right after a heavy rain.
We pick up the Dominguez Channel at Crenshaw and 120th Street after its brief underground journey beneath the park and ride.
Here’s the busy intersection of Crenshaw and 120th. I’m looking west towards the car park where the Channel runs underground. The low hill in the background is the 105 freeway runs. The metro rail station is nearby to the right of this picture.
This area has seen a real boom in business activity – there’s a Home Depot here and a number of smaller businesses that seem prosperous.
120th Street is the start of the bike path that runs along side the Channel. The Garden Center area of Lowes can be seen across the parking lot. The sloped bank at the right of the bikeway is concrete here. In other areas of the Channel it is packed soil. The narrow bed of plantings soften the fence and bank. I didn’t pause to identify the plants, but I suspect they are non-native.
On the bike path looking north towards 120th St and the Metro Rail station (below).
I saw one cyclist on the bike path (below in distance). We chatted. He said that his father, who worked for the DWP, had shown him flows that sometimes peaked above the level of the bike trail. Clearly the Channel is designed to accomodate that possibility.
Looking north along the Channel from the car bridge between Crenshaw and Lowes (below).
Looking south again. You can see one of the storn drain spillways doing its thing about 3:00 in this photo. Significant rain has been stopped for at least an hour now, but it’s still draining.
In the next two photos, I’ve crossed the vehicle bridge towards Crenshaw. There’s two parking lots located north (first below) and south (second below) between Crenshaw and the Channel. They are completely fenced off and unused.
Wouldn’t it be great if these two unused parking lots could be greenspace instead?
They lie on the airport approach path (Hawthorne Airport is right across the street) so there’s FAA rules and guidelines about what can be safely placed this close to the airport. My personal vision is a restored riparian habitat / park. Nearby business might benefit benefit from positive publicity associated with a restored habitat. Maybe the Lowes parking lot could be reworked to tie in to the habitat?
Back on the trail, mile markers are sprayed on the pavement. 14 miles might put the trail’s end near the port. We’ll get there eventually.
The bridge at left is a railroad crossing (below).
I wonder if the rail corridor could be shared by pedestrians and cyclist in order to provide an east-west access? I’m sure there’s some unofficial use of the rail corridor for that purpose now.
I’m not in favor of grafitti, but I thought I’d juxtapose the grafitti and the corporate logo.
This is surface drainage from along the rail road tracks which flows into the Channel.