Conservancy Acquires LA River / Rio Hondo Confluence Parcel

August 28, 2008 § Leave a comment

Alina Bokde at the South Gate Site

Alina Bokde at the South Gate Site

I recently toured the Lower Los Angeles River with Alina Bokde of the RMC (that’s short for the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy.) We were showing some lower river sites to a pair of professors from Stockholm who are bringing urban design students here next year. Alina had some good news for me: her conservancy recently acquired an large riverside parcel located in the city of South Gate!

The South Gate Riparian Restoration Project site is located immediately east of the confluence of the Los Angeles River and the Rio Hondo. It has long been considered problematic for development as automotive access is nearly impossible, due to the land being sandwiched between the 710 Freeway and the Los Angeles River. The RMC closed escrow on August 12th, paying $630,000 for the privately-owned 8-acre site (mostly from county “Prop A” park monies funds.) The city of South Gate is contributing another $1.5 million (also from Prop A) for design and construction of a multi-benefit natural park. North East Trees is just beginning design work; expected features include stormwater capture and treatment through vegetated bioswales. Also planned are benches, a walking trail and a rest stop for bicyclists on the adjacent South County LA River Bike Trail. The park is much-needed for these population-dense park-poor neighborhoods in southeast LA County.

The park will be operated and maintained by the RMC‘s new JPA (Joint Powers Authority) called the WCA (for Watershed Conservation Authority – a joint powers authority between the RMC and the LA County Flood Control District.) and the project isn’t expected to be complete and open for another couple years. There doesn’t seem to be any information available online right now, but see the WCA’s website for information soon.

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