PARQUE DOS RIOS
Connecting Communities through Nature
Parque dos Rios is a 7.6 acre property located next to the Los Angeles River just south of the confluence of the Rio Hondo and the Los Angeles River. It is within the City of South Gate, so named because it sat at the south gate to Rancho San Antonio.
This project is a collaboration between the WCA, the City of South Gate, the Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District, Los Angeles County Flood Control District, the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy and Northeast Trees, which all share the goals to provide a place for the community to have access to open space and also improve the quality of the watershed.
The plan for the site is to create a natural area for wildlife, with a habitat viewing deck adjacent to the bike path that will overlook the natural area and the San Gabriel Mountains as well as be a place for rest, reflection and relaxation along the bike path.
When the habitat and overlook project is fully developed it will feature bike amenities, seating area, and interpretive signage. The site will be planted with native vegetation that will provide bird and small animal habitat. It will be built with sustainability in mind, using a low-volume irrigation system for water conservation, and products that are made from recycled materials.
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In November 2010 the Watershed Conservation Authority and North East Trees worked with local boy scouts to prepare raptor perches for Parque Dos Rios. Raptors are birds of prey that usually need large range areas to find food—space that is increasingly hard to find and that this important open space can provide. Raptors can also be instrumental in controlling rodent populations, which makes supporting their habitat with these perches helpful for the restoration work planned for the park.