In this photo tour, we walk south from 147th to Alondra Park along the Dominguez Channel.
An earthen embankment runs along this part of the Channel.
That’s Marine Ave overcrossing in the photo above. Marine runs west to the city of Manhattan Beach. It used to be named Compton, but it was changed before I came to the area perhaps because of the down-market implication of Compton. You’ll still see some older references call it Compton Blvd. This part of the path runs behind Kit Carson and Roosevelt elementary school (at right, above). The school has a unique sharing arrangement with Bodger Park – the school fields double as a county park. Or maybe vice-versa. There’s softball fields, soccer pitches, and a community garden in Bodger Park.
The community garden borders the Dominguez Channel path. It doesn’t look too well utilized.
Aspirational mile marker.
Here’s Marine, another major arterial to cross. Note once again that the bike path crosses mid block without even a crosswalk. Will most people take the legal and arguably safer route down the the corner and cross there?
To the west is a nice neighborhood, El Camino Village. It’s unincorporated LA County, but it’s neighbors with both Hawthorne and Lawndale, so there’s boundary issues any time you try engage one of the governing cities or the County. I think El Camino Village has some unrealized potential. Below is whown Marine Ave. and the Marine Ave. frontage road looking west from near the Dominguez Channel path. The asphalt is painted green (to simulate grass?). This could easily be a riparian drainage with much better screening from the busy Marine
Continuing south from Marine along the Channel path.
Ducks! I didn’t take many photos of birds in the Channel, but they and others were there from time to time. The most plentiful bird I saw was gulls, right after the storm when the water was high.
Walking south some more.
Clearly, there’s been some erosion. I’d estimate that concrete footing is exposed about 20 inches or more.
It’s hard to see in this photo, but there’s some dirt bike jumps here. There’s also a foot bridge across the Channel up in the distance.
The doors to the foot bridge are locked. Too bad for us.
The next door neighborhood once had a pathway to the Channel, but it too is locked now.
This was a friendly homeless guy. Another homeless person was on the way to camp next to him and some local friends brought clean socks and some food.
Above are two of the plants. I wasn’t able to identify all of them, but there was Cercis, a couple Salvias, and a Quercus. I kicked some of the deep mulch off the crowns of the plants. Natives will go fungal on you pretty easily if you bury the crowns. The soil was sodden underneath. I think that they are watered liberally, which isn’t an ideal situation for these plants.
We’re at Alondra Park and nearby El Camino College. There’s a motorcycle event here today. Alondra park is largish and over half is dedicated to a County Golf Course.
Alondra park deserves a few photos, particularly Jeanne Bellemin’s island, but I’ll have to save that for another day since the Channel path effectively ends here, since it is gated closed south of the park and El Camino College. ECC is a commuter college. Wouldn’t it make sense to open it up for commuters?