Who remembers riding Montebello Bus Line 60 down Passons and making a stop at the bus terminal on Jackson St. and Passons? At one time, it was a functioning terminal with passenger restrooms and vending machines for those traveling on to other bus routes along Whittier and Passons Boulevard.

Years later, the terminal was boarded up, and it became nothing more than just a stop on Line 60’s route. Today, new life will be breathed into the old facility, or property for that matter. This past February, the City received news that they have been awarded a $1 million grant from the Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District to be used for the acquisition of the old depot for the purpose of transforming it into a usable green space.

Once acquired, the property will be transformed into a beautiful park space called The PAD – Pedestrian Active Depot.

The PAD will offer a great new green space for our residents and visitors alike. Families and Seniors will be able to take walks with a new small walking path, and local cyclists will have an opportunity to use this space as a resting spot and tune-up station. Other proposed amenities include modular space for vendors or local businesses; a children’s play area with a commissioned art garden, and a stage with an amphitheater for small community events and musical performances.

“I want to thank everyone who had a hand in helping to write the grant, perform community engagement, take photos, and create marketing pieces,” said Parks and Recreation Director Pamela Yugar. “This was a total team effort that will ultimately benefit our residents and the City.”

The acquisition process with the City of Montebello will soon begin with preliminary project concepts and land assessments starting thereafter.

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