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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Environmental Stewardship Program at San Fernando Gardens a Success!

25 08 2011

For three weeks this July and August North East Trees, in collaboration with the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, trained and assisted 10 youth from the San Fernando Gardens public housing community with planting 200 hundred trees in the housing community.  Participating youth were trained in tree identification, installation, and maintenance. The project enabled the youth to learn skills useful in the green jobs and landscaping industries as well as to help their community. Participant Jesus Mejia said, “It’s a workout, keeps me healthy, and it’s going to look good here in the community.”[1]

North East Trees Urban Forestry and Youth Environmental Stewards Manager Aaron Thomas and youth participants stand near a newly planted tree.

Funding was provided by ARRA (American Relief and Recovery Act) and administered by California ReLeaf a non-profit organization with a mission to empower grassroots efforts and build strategic partnerships that preserve, protect, and enhance California’s urban and community forests. The North East Trees Youth Environmental Stewards Program seeks to develop a community based workforce to steward nature in resource challenged communities by training youth in environmental disciplines.

Participants plant a tree.

North East Trees Executive Director Mark Kenyon (left) with participants.

To learn more about North East Trees’ Youth Environmental Stewards Program and other Northeast Trees programs please visit

Baldwin Hills Eastern Gateway Project

4 02 2011

Designed and constructed by North East Trees, the Baldwin Hills Eastern Gateway project brightens the La Brea Avenue entrance to Kenneth Hahn Regional Park. Construction was completed in January 2011.

BEFORE - the original storm drain

 With the removal of over 1,000 square feet of a concrete storm drain, we created in its place a natural streambed bio-swale that drains into an infiltration basin. Stormwater now flows over native soil and through new native plantings where it is cleaned and allowed to infiltrate into the ground. Whatever doesn’t immediately soak in, is held in the infiltration basin at the end of the bio-swale where it can infiltrate slowly over a few days.  Only during the largest storm events does the water fill up the basin and flow into the original storm drain.

AFTER - natural streambed bio-swale

The concrete that was removed from the storm drain, instead of being hauled to a landfill, was recycled by our designers, and along with granite river rock, was used to build beautiful walls that define the upper streambed of this sinuous natural channel.

North East Trees planted over 800 native plants and trees at this site, and installed a rustic wood-crete two-rail fencing, wooden stairs and metal handrails to replace the dangerous steep dirt path entering the park. River rocks and large boulders enhance the aesthetics of this site.

BEFORE - median on the east side of La Brea Ave

North East Trees also irrigated and landscaped the long median on the east side of La Brea Avenue, which serves to blur the line between the residences and the park.  Native sycamores, shrubs, boulders, a water efficient drip system, and a meandering decomposed granite and broken concrete walkway strikingly transformed this toxic strip of dirt and weeds into an unlikely idyllic setting inches from speeding motorists.       

AFTER - median on the east side of La Brea Ave

Working with the Baldwin Hills Conservancy, the City of Los Angeles Department of Public works, and the County of Los Angeles Parks and Recreation, North East transformed this neglected after-thought of park entrance into an inviting and safe area, and enhanced the ecological benefits of this already amazing, scarce, and under utilized open-space.

This project was funded through Prop A and Prop 40 grants.

Urban Forestry Youth Training at HACLA Site

3 02 2011

As part of our youth training program funded by California ReLeaf and ARRA federal stimulus grants, North East Trees conducted an Urban Forestry training module during December 2010 and January 2011 at Ramona Gardens, a Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) site in Boyle Heights.

Ten young adults ages 18 to 24 who are residents of this facility were introduced to the basics of arboriculture and urban ecology, landscape design, habitat restoration, proper tree selection, installation, and maintenance techniques.

They were also given instruction on resume building and interview skills. A representative of the U.S. Forest Service spoke to them of job opportunities with the federal government, and representatives from the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) discussed the park maintenance staff positions that are now available at their agency.    

The tree planting training resulted in the youth planting approximately 276 shade trees at the public housing facility where they live.

Earth Day 2010 at Los Angeles State Historic Park

18 09 2010

On Saturday April 17th, North East Trees celebrated Earth Day along with 200 volunteers at the Los Angeles State Historic Park.

The volunteers planted 150 native trees throughout the park which until now had no trees. Here’s the plan we followed.

Senator Carol Liu and Assemblymember Kevin de Leon came by to help with the effort, and to remind us what a wonderful opportunity this was to serve our community.

What a wonderful way to celebrate Earth Day!