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An abandoned bus yard has become the newest public park in South Los Angeles thanks to a three-year, $26 million project. The South Los Angeles Wetlands Park, only opened for about a week now, is located in a residential neighborhood where unenforced zoning laws previously have allowed too many warehouses and junkyards, reports the Los Angeles Times. Its nine acres include shallow pools of water with bacteria to help clean stormwater, which will then drain into the ocean. John Kemmerer with the Environmental Protection Agency told outlets like the L.A. Times and KCET.org that the park is an example of how cities should treat polluted stormwater. The L.A. Times reports that dragonflies have already been spotted in the park; in a few short years the park is expected to be brimming with wetland life.