El Monte Downtown– Veterans Memorial

Santa Anita Avenue and Valley Boulevard

El Monte, CA 91732

Completed 2009 – $150K

BEFORE Amigos de los Rios and our community partners built this beautiful park, this location was a neglected space located under and adjacent to the elevated Metrolink tracks along Rio Hondo River channel.  Thousands of cars passed by the site everyday along Santa Anita or Valley Boulevards – the site had no landscaping, no signage, and no sense of place even though it was in prominent location within the City of El Monte.

AFTER the creation of the VETERANS MEMORIAL Mini Park  the site is clean and well landscaped, with benches and signage – it now has a very specific sense of place. . .

The Veterans Memorial Mini Park honors those who have served in the United States Armed Services: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and National Guard. The park also includes beautiful California native plants, a statue of the California Golden Bear decorated by local high school students marking the end of the Santa Fe Trail.

The park enables community access to the EMERALD NECKLACE  Bike Path part of the Emerald Necklace Trail along  two major arterial roads. The beautiful seating area and plantings are a patch of green tranquility and provide a respite from the busy urban environment, giving the visitor a place to reflect and remember proudly the veterans who have served our country.

Community Involvement

We invite Veterans to actively engaged in our legacy Emerald Necklace Project. And we honor their service to the community. Jose Huantez is a veteran who regularly attends Emerald Necklace Stewardship events – providing mentorship and leadership to local community members.

In all of its projects, Amigos de los Rios utilizes a holistic approach to conservation that includes the needs of the environment, the economy, and the community. Open space, parks, wetlands, and other types of green infrastructure are critical components to maintaining a high quality of life for urban residents, especially those living in built-out environments like the San Gabriel Valley.

Green infrastructure also plays an integral role in furthering environmental efforts aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of residents, especially in regards to air and water quality and habitat conservation and restoration.

Project Team:  Amigos de los Rios

 The Emerald Necklace Map

Get Involved!  Volunteer or Donate Today!

To keep the parks and trails of the Emerald Necklace Park Network at their best and help out the municipalities overseeing the locations, Amigos de los Rios conducts weekly Park Restoration Events. This work is all lovingly done by volunteers. We welcome anyone that wants to help out their community, learn about nature and their environment, and get to know others with the same interests.



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