La Brea Corridor Planning Study

30 06 2014

North East Trees received a grant from the State’s Natural Resources Agency to conduct a planning study focused on the S. La Brea Ave. corridor from the intersection at Exposition Blvd. to Stocker St. The study will explore the possibility of creating park-to-park connections (between Jim Gilliam Recreational Center on the north, Kenneth Hahn State Recreational Area on the west, and Norman O. Houston on the south at Stocker St.), equity in access to open space opportunities, and the possibility of preserving, expanding and restoring native habitat.

Not only will this plan examine access, connections and habitat, it will build upon the Mountains Recreation Conservation Authority’s Park to Playa project, the Baldwin Hills Park Master Plan, and West Adams-Baldwin Hills-Leimert Park community plan, as well as other already existing and proposed transportation and open space improvements. This planning study will play a major role in helping to create a cohesive recreational trail network in southwest Los Angeles.


The La Brea Corridor Planning Study will explore the development of a regional trail that provides park-to-park access, promotes neighborhood connections to open space, and links to existing and planned trail networks while restoring native habitat.


Access & Connections

  • Park-to-park connections + connections to existing and planned trail networks
  • Equity in access to open space
  • Preserve, expand & improve native habitat

Community Involvement / Participation

  • Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
  • Community meetings/workshops
  • Surveys
  • Public Outreach – schools + community events + community partnerships + internet

In order to achieve the project goal, North East Trees has partnered with the Baldwin Hills Conservancy, several community groups, government agencies, schools and non-profit organizations. Stakeholder and community involvement is instrumental to the overall success of this planning study. A technical Advisory Committee was created to help guide the direction of the project, as well as to help ensure balanced, unbiased, and representative participation.

Technical Advisory Committee members include representatives from Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, Councilman Bernard Parks, Councilman Herb Wesson Jr., Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation, Los Angeles City Recreation and Parks, Jim Gilliam Recreation Center, Baldwin Hills Estate Homeowners Association, Baldwin Village Gradens, Empowerment Congress West Area Neighborhood Council, Veronica St. Block Club, Cameo Woods, Baldwin Vista, Hillcrest Elementary School, Marlton School, Windsor Hills Math-Science-Aerospace magnet School, Baldwin Hills Conservancy,Mountains Recreation Conservation Authority, Walk n’Rollers, Community Health Councils, and the Safe Routes to School Partnership.


La Brea Corridor Planning Study Scope -> So. CA. -> Los Angeles County -> Los Angeles City -> Baldwin Hills



La Brea Corridor Planning Study Project Location


Looking Down @ S. La Brea Ave. and Jim Gilliam Recreation Center from Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area


S. La Brea Ave. @ SW corner of Jim Gilliam Recreation Center looking south


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Volunteer Event at Glendale Narrows Riverwalk Park

7 08 2012

Remember to Join us for Earth Day Tomorrow – April 14th

13 04 2012

It will be cool, but the rain will have made the conditions just right for tree planting and invasive removal. Registration starts at 8:00 am, and work starts at 9:00 am. Please wear sturdy closed shoes and dress warm. We are looking forward to a fun day of tree planting and nurturing our park with you.

The park address is Rio de Los Angeles State Park, 1900 San Fernando Road, Los Angeles, CA 90065. Come in from the Macon Street gate and we will be signing up at the picnic table next to the community center.

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Earth Day 2012

23 03 2012

Celebrate Earth Day with North East Trees and California State Parks Foundation on Saturday April 14th, 2012 at Rio de Los Angeles State Park located at 1900 San Fernando Road, Los Angeles, CA 90065.

We will be taking care of native trees, removing invasive plants and cleaning up the park.

Registration from 8:00 am to 9:00 am, and Field work from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Please wear comfortable work clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, and wear closed-toe comfortable shoes. Bring work gloves, a hat, sunscreen and a refillable water container.

Please sign up to volunteer at

For more information please visit us at

We look forward to seeing you there!

Garvanza Park Grand Reopening

12 03 2012

Please join the Honorable Councilmember Jose Huizar of the 14th District, City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation, Dept. of Recreation and Parks, and North East Trees to celebrate the completion of the Garvanza Park Rainwater Capture Facility. The event will be held on Thursday, March 15th, 2012 at 9:00 am at Gravanza Park – 6240 Meridian Street, Los Angeles, CA 90042. Please visit us at for more details.

Glendale Narrows Riverwalk Project Update

20 07 2011

The Glendale Narrows River Walk project being designed and constructed by North East Trees is located on the north bank of the Los Angeles River across from Griffith Park, just east of Garden Street.

One of the most spectacular stretches of this under-appreciated river, where there still exists a natural unpaved river bottom, runs the length of this approximately half mile project. It is a gathering place for all kinds of wildlife, particularly large water birds such as the Great Blue Heron and the Snowy Egret.

After several weeks of removing concrete, asphalt, old rusty chain link fence, and invasive plants, the project has now entered the heavy construction phase at the west end of the project.

Before construction

During construction

The new entrance road is currently being graded, and a ramp will be built leading up from the parking area to the equestrian area where a spectacular new horse ring and corral have already been installed.

Structures are being constructed to allow the storm water runoff from the surrounding area to flow along a planted earthen channel for hundreds of feet before entering an infiltration basin. This will clean the storm water through natural processes and allow it to infiltrate into the sandy soils that typically line the river.  Combine these methods, known as BMP’s (Best Management Practices), with over 5,000 square feet of concrete removal and the result is water being allowed to infiltrate into the ground recharging our aquifers, much less water running directly into the Los Angeles River during storm events, and the water that does enter the river will be much cleaner than in the past.

During demolition, old metal fence and asphalt were recycled.  Rocks were recovered to be later utilized in landscaping and drainage. In a typical construction project these materials would be treated as trash and hauled of to a landfill. North East Trees makes a concerted effort to lessen the negative impact of projects and reuse all the materials we can.

The benefits that this project will bring to the immediate community and the area as a whole are typical of a North East Trees project.  Air and water quality, noise levels, property values, security, and sense of community will all be positively affected.  We replace gray, hard, lifeless forgotten corners of the urban setting with green, flowering, breathing landscapes.  We welcome back and rely on the ecosystem as an essential, functioning feature of every project.  We open up long closed public areas in the belief that getting good people to spend time and develop a stake in an area is the most effective form of security.  We expect all of these benefits and more from North East Trees’ Glendale Narrows River Walk Project.

Ground Breaking Ceremony at Glendale Narrows Riverwalk Project

12 04 2011

   City of Glendale, Community Services and Parks in partnership with North East Trees cordially invites you to a Ground Breaking Ceremony on Thursday, April 14th, 2011 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. to commence the start of construction of   the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk Project. 

Location: Intersection of Garden Street and Paula Avenue, Glendale, CA (Thomas Guide page 564 A3).

The Glendale Narrows Riverwalk project represents an effort to redevelop over half a mile of the City of Glendale’s frontage along the Los Angeles River. Multiple freeways, intense urban street traffic, power corridors, and flood control infrastructure impact the area, making this an ideal site for the development of parks and open space.

Upon completion later this year, this project will provide the local community with added outdoor recreational opportunities.

A pedestrian, bicycle and equestrian trail will extend approximately a half mile along the north side of one of the three only remaining soft bottom segments of the Los Angeles River. Vista points with seat walls and benches will provide rest stops. Native landscapes will provide educational information through information kiosks and interpretive signage. The entire trail system will be ADA accessible.

A new parking lot,  a new ramp to the trail and equestrian area, and a staging area for hikers and bicyclists will encourage the local community to make use of the recreational facilities. The trail along the river will extend in later phases into Atwater Village and Griffith Park.

A park with picnic areas and amenities such as benches, picnic tables, and seat walls made of river rocks and boulders will provide an aesthetic and functional setting for family outings.

Restoration and enhancement of an equestrian area adjacent to the trail will provide a staging area for equestrians.

The project site will be landscaped primarily with native California plants which are naturally drought resistant. Trees will be planted throughout the project area. Habitat improvement of the vegetated area of the adjacent Los Angeles River channel will be done by removing the invasive species, encouraging native species to flourish.

This project is funded by:
Proposition 50 – River Parkways Grant Program
Dept. of Transportation – Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program
Proposition A grant from Los Angeles County
City of Glendale