DeForest Wetlands Restoration Project

Los Angeles River Parkway, Open Space, Habitat, and Recreation Project

Project Overview

The DeForest Wetlands project will open 34 acres of land for public use, by converting large areas of overgrown vegetation with exotic species and other areas of completely denuded land devoid of habitat, into a river parkway with freshwater wetlands, wildlife habitat, recrea- tional trails, native plants, and interpretive signage, while retaining flood control and manage- ment properties. Public use will include passive recreational activities, such as bird watch- ing, walking, horseback riding, and educational tours and programs. The project will also provide water quality benefits. When completed, 800-1,000 acre-feet per year (AFY) of neighborhood watershed runoff will be filtered before being pumped into the Los Angeles River. In addition, 15-35 AFY increased stormwater filtration will replace municipal sources to contribute to groundwater supply.


The project is located in the City of Long Beach, Los Angeles County, along the lower Los Angeles River, south of DeForest Park to Del Amo Boulevard and bisected by Long Beach Boulevard. The project is located in the 8th and 9th City Council Districts, 64th Assembly District, and in the 44th Congressional District.

Planning Documents

The project meets many local, regional and statewide planning documents, including: the Long Beach General Plan, Open Space and Recreational Element; Long Beach RiverLink Plan; Los Angeles River Master Plan; Common Ground, From the Mountains to the Sea (RMC); Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council, Beneficial Uses of the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers; and the California Outdoor Recreation Plan. The project Environmental Impact Report is complete.


For more information, please contact: Anna Mendìola, Planning and Development Bureau Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine 2760 N. Studebaker Road, Long Beach, CA 90815-1697.

Phone: 562-570-3165.


Cost Estimate-$7.5 Million

Construction is estimated at $7 million, with all funding secured. The project is currently in de- sign with tinal design expected early in 2012. Construction is expected to begin about six months after the completion of the design phase.

Construction Funding

Los Angeles County Proposition A Funds (Supervisor Don Knabe) $2.5 million

California Resources Agency $2.5 million

California Coastal Conservancy $1.5 million

San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy (RMC) million (includes design costs) $7.5 million

Planning and construction documents were funded by the City of Long Beach and from a generous grant from the California Coastal Conservancy.

Current Partnerships

The City of Long Beach and the Office of Councilmember Steven Neal has partnered with the following agencies to complete the project: Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, California Coastal Conservancy, the California Resources Agency, the RMC, Supervisor Don Knabe, Los Angeles County Park and Open Space District, Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council, DeForest Park Neighborhood Association, North Long Beach Community Action Group, Friends of the Los Angeles River (FOLAR), and Partners of Parks. 

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commented 2018-06-14 10:41:33 -0700 · Flag
Any updates? Anyone here?
commented 2018-02-03 11:48:07 -0800 · Flag
2012 huh. 6 yrs later, any updates? Snail’s pace.
commented 2018-01-13 07:29:07 -0800 · Flag
We’re very excited about this! May I ask what plans are in place to keep the wetlands free of crime/truancy/vagrants/etc.?
commented 2018-01-11 15:57:58 -0800 · Flag
When is this project going to be finished?
commented 2016-04-13 21:23:18 -0700 · Flag
still waiting, still see lots of unsavory stuff happening in the nature center. when will clean up begin, or is this just a lot of political bs?
commented 2015-02-03 19:42:15 -0800 · Flag
Still waiting for action on this.
commented 2015-02-03 19:24:38 -0800 · Flag
There was a sign at the nature center stating there was going to be a big clean up on Jan. 6. It’s now Feb., and still no clean up.
commented 2014-10-09 06:01:07 -0700 · Flag
A few weeks ago they were cleaning out the big drain near the entrance (where all the trash collects). None of the workers knew about a wetlands project, so I guess it was just routine maintenance.
commented 2014-10-03 22:05:14 -0700 · Flag
I have been hearing this for 2 years. When is the work going to start?
commented 2014-10-03 19:44:45 -0700 · Flag
It is oct. 2014. Is this happening? I walk by there all the time but it looks like business as usual in the nature center. not good.
commented 2014-01-16 14:35:35 -0800 · Flag
Why did the Nature Trail get closed in October when the work will not start until Spring?
commented 2013-03-05 07:31:01 -0800 · Flag
This is awesome! The northside definitely needs more green space.