El Dorado Park Project (Stormwater Arroyo)

submission by sgarcia8790
El Dorado Park Project (Stormwater Arroyo)

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority

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In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) is dedicated to the creation of parkland for public access, recreation, habitat preservation and development of trails.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


El Dorado Park project will create a 1-acre innovative multiple-benefit park adjacent to Pacoima Wash in a disadvantaged community. The park will feature recreational, educational, and water-quality improvement features such as landscaped fitness trails, free-play meadow, picnic and community gathering spaces, education stations, and stormwater treatment basins which will be attractive, educational, sustainable, and will clean Pacoima Wash by capturing, treating polluted stormwater and trash.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


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(e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County):

Pacoima Neighborhood

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

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How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics? (check all that apply)

Access to healthy food

Healthcare access

Exposure to air toxins

Number of households below the self-sufficiency index

Percent of imported water

Obesity rates

Housing affordability

Rates of homelessness

Walk/bike/transit score

Acres and miles of polluted waterways

Rates of mental illness

Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (Dream Metric)

Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)

Percentage of residents receiving coordinated healthcare services (Dream Metric)

Percentage of tree canopy cover (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the healthiest place to live.


El Dorado Park will make Los Angeles (LA) a better place to live by converting 1-acre of vacant land into a multiple-benefit natural park in a park-poor, disadvantaged community. The park will add much needed open space to LA residents: There is approximately .5-acre of open space per 1,000 residents in this neighborhood. This is a stark contrast to the already park-poor LA city-wide average of 4-acres per 1,000 residents. Additionally, there is a lack of connectivity and accessibility to what open space and recreational opportunities exist. The project is part of the larger vision to create a greenway and multi-use trail along Pacoima Wash (Wash). When the trail is completed it will become a regional amenity allowing people throughout LA to enjoy the park. Increased park access and greenway paths along the Wash go a long way towards streamlining walking and biking between open spaces and residential communities who are currently stymied from access due to freeways and fences along the Wash. Also, as a new green space in a dense urban community, the park will add a positive feature that helps balance land use.
Currently stormwater from the neighborhood crosses the site and enters the Wash untreated carrying trash, oil, and other pollution downstream to the Ocean. The project will ultimately clean the Wash, and ultimately the Ocean, by diverting and capturing this stormwater and treating it through the planned arroyos and basins on-site. The arroyo will consist of trash collectors to remove trash, sediment, and bacterial pollution. Water then travels through a swale, and enters basins to infiltrate and recharge LA’s groundwater, helping to reduce LA’s demand on imported water.
The majority of the site will become a habitat by using California native drought-tolerant plants. The park’s native plants require much less water reducing water consumption. The site currently has bare dirt and noxious weeds, an eyesore to the community. Once completed, all of the park will be landscaped with trees and shrubs, which will sequester carbon and clean our air. The park’s location in a built-out urban area will reduce the generation of pollution through its easy access via walking or biking – thereby reducing vehicle miles traveled from residents who currently drive to parks to enjoy the outdoors. All of these various approaches to improve air and water quality meet our objectives to protect LA’s land and water resources, while providing public access to parkland.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


This project is located in an underserved and park poor community, the mere existence of the park will be a gauge of success. It will add 1-acre of recreational space for the community to enjoy. We expect that this park will be heavily used by the neighborhood, given excitement displayed to-date by residents. The success of the project will also be evaluated, in part, by stewardship: through the water treatment elements, park users can see and learn what type of trash is collected at the park during runoff, spurring neighbors to pickup street litter immediately. We will partner with local community groups (such as Pacoima Beautiful) who foster environmental stewardship through volunteer activities that keep the community engaged and will activate the park. MRCA is also developing a program with partners to monitor the effectiveness of the stormwater treatment system. These organizations may also conduct park-user counts and bird counts, comparing pre‐ and post‐construction conditions.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

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Quality improvement research

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What a great project! You have my vote and I wish you the best of luck to make this wonderful project a reality!

by blindseagull
6 months ago

This looks like it will be a beautiful place and good for the environment too! We all need to conserve rainfall in every place possible.

by jakeandelwood
6 months ago

Re-imagining left-over land and endowing it with multiple benefits like storm water capture and park amenities - what a fantastic opportunity! Way to go!

by mrskelly
6 months ago

The project will help treat stormwater and provide a beautiful green space for the residents of Pacoima, a very park poor neighborhood - thank you for the fabulous idea!

by liz.jennings
6 months ago

What a great idea! This project would be one more step to improve watershed health while providing much needed parkland to the community. It has my vote!

by Jwharton67
6 months ago

Thank you for your support! El Dorado Park will be a great example for stormwater conservation and water quality protection of the Pacoima Wash. We hope to have your very important vote!

by sgarcia8790
6 months ago

Thank you Mrs. Kelly! The MRCA has built many multiple-benefit parks, and El Dorado Park will be the next in a lineage of awesome River parks. Thank you for your support!

by sgarcia8790
6 months ago

Thank you for your comment and we will turn the vacant lot into something useful with your support!

by sgarcia8790
6 months ago

Thank you so much for your wonderful comments! We think this park will be a tremendous asset for the Pacoima community and can't wait to make it happen. Thank you for your vote!!

by sgarcia8790
6 months ago

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