2012 was quite a year!

We are Stewards of the Emerald Necklace Green Way

Dear Friend,

As our 2012 year comes to close, we would like to take the time to thank each and every one of our supporters that have given so much time and energy to our cause. YOU have helped, in some way, shape or form, to create a regional Emerald Necklace of sustainable open spaces along urban river corridors that connect the San Gabriel Mountains to the sea. Whether it was giving funds, attending a volunteer stewardship event, participating in an outreach activity, or just talked to friends or family about Amigos de los Rios and our work, YOU have helped!

This year has brought a lot to celebrate! We had the pleasure of working with the City of El Monte and various community groups to finish Gibson Mariposa Park. We kick-started our partnership with First 5 Los Angeles and their Best Start communities to design and construct five Tot Parks within Los Angeles County’s District 1 and aid in the design of another five Tot Parks within District 4 with Los Angeles Conservation Corps. We have been able to move into the second phase of completing schematic design for the exterior grounds of the Wellness Center at the Historic General Hospital site. Through support from California Department of Transportation, California Natural Resources Agency and California Community Foundation we continue to develop joint use areas along the San Gabriel River at La Primaria Elementary, Twin Lakes Elementary, Madrid Middle School and Mountain View High School. Improvements at Hollydale Regional Park and Circle Park continue through the support of California Department of Transportation and the County of Los Angeles, Regional Park & Open Space District.

We are eternally grateful for our major supporters of our Emerald Necklace stewardship events – Ralphs/Food for Less Foundation, REI, Rails to Trails Conservancy, California ReLeaf and Southern California Edison. With their support we were not only able to able to enhance, refurbish or maintain Emerald Necklace open spaces, but educate our community as to how to properly care for their own green spaces.

As the fall came, we started a new partnership with The Conservation Fund to provide bridge financing with will enable us to accelerate the pace of our Emerald Necklace Multi-Benefit Projects. Finally, with the help of Results Candy, Inc. our website had a facelift to help everyone stay better educated and connected to the Emerald Necklace and Amigos de los Rios’s projects. Feel free to tool around our site at www.amigosdelosrios.org and tell us what you think!

As the year comes to a close, thank you again for helping us enable our goals. Feel free to make a year-end, tax-deductible donation to help us meet our challenges in the years to come. Your gift will help us to protect the environment and increase public health, while strengthening community life, for current and future generations.

Sincerely,

Claire Robinson
Managing Director
Amigos de los Rios

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