Puerco Canyon Camp and Trailhead
The 703-acre Puerco Canyon property was acquired in 2014 by MRCA. Situated between the 1,000-acre Corral Canyon Park and 8,000-acre Malibu Creek State Park, the site abuts numerous public lands and is an unparalleled opportunity to introduce more people to the coastal resources of the Santa Monica Mountains. The proximity to the coast and other public parkland and the large areas of previously disturbed and developed land make Puerco Canyon an ideal site for improved and increased public access.
The master plan includes a Day Use Trailhead and a Group Campground located on areas of the property previously used for agriculture. The site has large potential to become a great asset to not only the public as a whole but to underserved populations for organized camping programs. MRCA plans to use this future campground to continue the tradition of introducing nature to the families of community-based organizations and youth groups around Los Angeles County who traditionally do not have access to public parkland.
Mission Canyon Park
The Mission Canyon Regional Park project envisions formalizing a multi-benefit regional trail on a former 500-acre landfill. The landfill has been closed for over 50 years and its intended final use, after operation, was to be converted to open space and recreation purposes. To carry out that vision, the park’s improvements may include a 2.5-mile loop trail, fitness stairs, native planting, picnic tables, interpretive elements, off-street parking, restroom and other amenities. Mission Canyon offers amazing views of the Santa Monica Mountains, and eventually trails from the park will connect visitors with San Vicente Mountain Park and Westridge-Canyonback Wilderness Park.
For more information and to stay updated on the project, visit www.missioncanyonpark.com.
Caballero Creek Park
Caballero Creek Park will be located at the confluence of the Los Angeles River and Caballero Creek, the River’s only tributary stemming from the ecologically-rich Santa Monica Mountains. The project, which is a partnership between MRCA and the City of Los Angeles, will restore 1.5-acres of an asphalt lot into a multiple-benefit natural park. The design utilizes an innovative mix of low-tech mechanical and biological methods for watershed protection, including a bioswale and a small water treatment wetland. The park will operate with a net-zero use of potable water and energy consumption. From the new park, sidewalk and trail segments connect visitors to Marvin Braude Mulholland Gateway Park.
Caballero Creek Park’s water management technology will serve as educational tools that also recreate riparian habitat to infiltrate and naturally filter runoff from eleven acres of the surrounding streets. The wetland will create habitat, clean the water and store it on-site for consistent irrigation water supply. These demonstrations of water capture and treatment will connect the public to California’s diminishing riverine ecology, in addition to cleaning and protecting local water quality along with its aquatic inhabitants.
El Dorado Park, Pacoima Wash Greenway
El Dorado Park, adjacent to Pacoima Wash in the park-poor Upper San Fernando Valley community of Pacoima, will convert a vacant 1.2-acre site owned by the City of Los Angeles into a multiple benefit natural park. MRCA’s improvements will convert this vacant site into a multiple benefit public park with new recreational, educational, and water-quality improvement features. Future park elements will include walking and nature trails, free-play meadow area, exercise stations, and picnic and community gathering spaces that are supported by new entry plazas. This project is a partnership between MRCA and the City of Los Angeles.
The project is part of the larger vision to create a bike path and multi-use trail along Pacoima Wash. When the trail is completed, El Dorado Park will become a regional amenity allowing people throughout the Upper San Fernando Valley to enjoy it. Increased park access and greenway paths along the Pacoima Wash go a long way towards streamlining walking and biking between open spaces (such as Pacoima Wash Natural Park) and residential communities who are currently stymied from access due to freeways and fences along the Pacoima Wash.