SAN PEDRO, Calif. — December 9, 2010  The Port of Los Angele sreceived the 2010 B.E.S.T. Project of the Year award in the Recreation and Athletic Facilities category by the American Public Works Association (APWA) for the 22nd Street Park in San Pedro, which opened to the public last January. The former tank farm site was redeveloped into a public open space with a view of the water.

”22nd Street Park is the first new park built in San Pedro in years and we’re thrilled to receive this recognition from the American Public Works Association,” said Port Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D. “We worked hard to redevelop the 18-acre site into a special recreational area that the community will enjoy for generations.”

Bounded by 22nd Street, Crescent Avenue and Miner Street, the 18-acre park is across from 22nd Street Landing and Cabrillo Marina at the Port of Los Angeles.  The park’s design elements include a flat grassy area for active recreation, walking paths, a meadow area, bike paths, bocce ball courts, benches, 500 trees and 1,700 shrubs that use recycled water for landscaping maintenance.  The park was completed in January 2010 at a cost of $10.5 million.

The American Public Works Association is an international educational and professional association of public agencies, private sector companies, and individuals dedicated to providing high quality public works goods and services. The Southern California Chapter of the APWA seeks to inspire excellence and dedication in public service by recognizing the outstanding career service achievements of individual public works professionals and officials, acknowledging the B.E.S.T. – Building Excellence, Shaping Tomorrow.

The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovative strategic and sustainable operations that benefit the economy as well as the quality of life for the region and the nation it serves.  As the leading seaport in North America in terms of shipping container volume and cargo value, the Port generates 919,000 regional jobs and $39.1 billion in annual wages and tax revenues.  A proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles, the Port is self-supporting and does not receive taxpayer dollars.

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