first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A nonprofit organization dedicated to beautifying unused barren land along the county’s urban rivers has received a financial boost from Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina. Molina and her colleagues recently allocated $287,000 to Amigos de los Rios for work on a portion of the Rio Hondo River Park Project, a seven-mile stretch of planned trails along the river from Peck Park in El Monte to the Bosque del Rio Hondo near Whittier Narrows. “The supervisor believes strongly in identifying potential park space while we still have it, especially at a time when owning a home with a backyard is out of reach for a lot of people,” said Roxanne Marquez, spokeswoman for Molina’s office. The funding is part of $2.5 million in Proposition A money allocated by the county Board of Supervisors for park refurbishment projects across the San Gabriel Valley and Southeast Los Angeles. The $287,000 will be used to add decorative welcome gates and a pedestrian path along a 2.1 mile stretch of the park project between Valley Boulevard and Lower Azusa Road, according to Jeff Yann, a board member of the nonprofit. Yann said the financial aid from Molina was a big help. “Her promotion of greening along the rivers is incredible,” he said. “It will help us make our urban rivers look like rivers again.” Work on the gates and path is slated to begin in March and will be completed by this summer, Yann added. The rest of the park project includes a bike path on one side of the river and an equestrian path on the other, and adding native plants such as Oak trees and California Sagebrush and interpretive signage. The full park project, costing $3 to $4 million, is expected to be completed in about four years using funds from a variety of sources including the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy. When it’s done it will connect Peck Park and the Bosque del Rio Hondo to Rio Vista Park, Pioneer Park, Fletcher Park and Lashbrook Nature Area and serve as a recreational space for walkers, joggers, bicyclists and equestrians. The project is part of the Emerald Necklace, a vision for a 17-mile loop of parks and greenways connecting 10 cities and nearly 500,000 residents along the Rio Hondo and San Gabriel rivers. “You read so much about diabetes and obesity, so part of this is creating trails available to anyone who lives around or near this loop,” said Yann. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028last_img

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