This morning we celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for the DeForest Wetlands Restoration Project at DeForest Park.
The DeForest Park Wetlands Restoration Project will provide for the development of 39 acres of wetlands, riparian and upland habitat, accessible public trails, and educational interpretation along the Los Angeles River, from DeForest Park to Del Amo Boulevard. Along with the adjacent Dominquez Gap wetlands, the DeForest Wetlands Restoration Project will create almost 3 miles of recreated wetlands along the Los Angeles River, and will be a significant step in completing the 52-mile Los Angeles River Greenway.
View more images from the morning here.
The project will re-create historical floodplain habitats along 39 acres of the lower Los Angeles River watershed, including removing non-native trees from the DeForest Park area and using low-flow runoff from storm drains to create wetland areas that will improve the cleanliness of discharged water into Los Angeles River. Historic habitat types, such as vernal pools, native grasslands, coastal scrub, and oak-sycamore woodlands would be developed or enhanced.
The project also includes walking, biking and equestrian trails; an entrance gate, interpretive displays, and a bicycle staging area beneath the Long Beach Boulevard overpass to connect the park with the Los Angeles River Bikeway (LARIO).
The $8.3 million dollar project is supported by grants from the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy ($1,000,000); Los Angeles County Regional Parks and Open Space District ($3,123,000); California Natural Resources Agency River Parkways ($2,500,000); and the State of California Coastal Conservancy ($1,500,000).