Major elements of the park construction have been completed, however, there have been ongoing delays. Due to the complexity of this multi-jurisdictional park development the project has also experienced regulatory and entitlement hurdles, challenges in sourcing diverse funding sources concurrently, and implementation challenges in both phases of development. Construction work has been temporarily suspended while WCA works through contractor terms and obligations unfulfilled to date.
WCA is working to resolve these challenges and is moving forward with park completion.
Extending along a 1-mile stretch of the San Gabriel River, the 31± acre the River Park project is a work in progress as the WCA transforms this former Woodland Duck Farm site into an urban greenway like none other in the San Gabriel Valley.
The park, when completed, will reconnect the community with nature and the river through a 1.5-mile trail loop, river overlook, native planting, demonstration garden, dry-stream, picnic area and interpretation. It is our hope to inspire the public, and especially local youth for future generations, to learn more about our watershed, water conservation and sustainability. Native landscaping and a river overlook will connect residents with the natural and historical identity of the San Gabriel River Watershed.
The River Park's transformation started when first envisioned by the Sierra Club in 2001. Working together with the Trust for Public Land (TPL) and the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy (RMC) the property was acquired from Woodland Duck Farms by the WCA. Following a period of "phyto-remediation" work to transition the commercial farm’s soil from nutrient rich ‘duck matter’ to native-plant-ready park landscape, the park's next construction phase is underway.
The park's native habitat will showcase natural floodplain processes and provides valuable habitat and tree cover for local and migratory birds and other wildlife, while providing a place for park visitors to sit back, relax, and enjoy the vistas. Interpretive displays will offer ways to learn about the site, the river, green energy, and sustainability.