First 5 LA Projects – Tot Parks and Trails

Designed for Young Children ages 0-5

AMIGOS Tot Park designs include play equipment and trails for children ages 0-5. The park equipment inspire’s multi-sensory play for special needs children, trails and surfaces are ADA accessible. As with all Amigos de los Rios park projects, input from the residents of the communities where the parks are located helped create the design and determine the equipment utilized in these parks.

Amigos de los Rios received key grant funding from First 5 LA as part of their $10 million Tot Park Grant program and from the Los Angeles County – 1st District Supervisor – through a grant from the Los Angeles Regional Open Space District to complete the following projects:

City Terrace Park: 1126 N. Hazard Ave, Los Angeles 90063 – New Tot Park Celebration – September 19th 2015

City Terrace Park Celebration in Los Angeles September 19, 2015

Tot Parks are fun!

Aztec Dancer at City Terrace Park

Aztec Dancer at City Terrace Park

The new Tot lot area and nature discovery trail include new and improved play equipment: Log Balance Beam, ADA Swing, Butterfly Climbers, Ladybug teeter, Free notes musical instrument, Wee Saw and a new safety fence.





Salazar Park: 3864 Whittier Blvd. Los Angeles 90023 – Ribbon Cutting celebration June 20, 2015

Child playing drum at Salazar Park

Drumming at Salazar Park

Salazar Park Celebration Dance

Salazar Park Celebration Dance

The Tot areas and nature discovery trail include new and
improved play equipment: A Wee-Saw, Omni Spinner, Swing Set, “Free notes “Musical Instruments, Music Center, Leaf Bench, Nature Wall Panel, ADA Picnic Tables, engraved nature themed play areas on the existing sidewalk and a new safety fence. New trees and native plants were added with the help of the Amigos de los Rios’ Emerald Necklace Stewardship volunteers and the California Conservation Corps.

Additional support for the native trees and plants landscaping were provided by Southern California Edison Foundation and Union Bank Foundation.


Riverfront Park: 5000 Slauson Ave, Maywood 90270 – Celebrated – May 28, 2014

Riverfront Park Children jumping

Riverfront Park Celebration

Playing at Riverside Park

Playing at Riverside Park

Tot areas and nature discovery trail include new and improved play equipment, engraved nature themed play areas on the existing sidewalk and a new safety fence. Beautiful new trees and native plants were also added.





 Mini Center: 1824 Central Ave, South El Monte 91733 – Celebrated – October 26, 2013

Mini Center Tot Park Celebration

Mini Center Tot Park Celebration

The Tot Park  is located adjacent to the Mini Center Day Care facility, to encourage outdoor play and appreciation of nature at an early age. The playground is utilized during the day by a daycare/preschool program and the community uses the site in the after hours. Residents also enjoy some enhancements made to the Mary Van Dyke Park exercise trail which was enriched with California native plants to create a beautiful new landscape.



Pixley Park: 3626 56th St, Maywood, CA 90270 – Celebrated, October 16, 2013

The park renovation project starting with the demolition of a rundown restroom in the back corner of the park which had become an area subject to illicit activities.  Amigos de los Rios then retrofit the park with play equipment – developmentally appropriate to children 0 to 5 and their families.


How do the Tot Parks and Trails address First 5 LA’s four goal areas?

This program supports the First 5 LA goal area that children maintain a healthy weight, as identified in the FY 2009-2015 Strategic Plan. To maintain a healthy weight, young children need daily physical activity. Communities that allocate public space for play and physical activity contribute toward the healthy development of young children.

Tot Parks and Nature Trails is a three year project funded by First 5 LA. The First 5 Commission identified childhood obesity as a significant threat to public health and to help address the issue has contracted Amigos de los Rios and several other agencies to:

Fence and separate tot parks • Install safer equipment • Install brighter lighting • Establish joint-use agreements • Modify vacant lands

Studies have revealed a positive link between physical activity and access to sidewalks, walking paths, playgrounds or recreation centers. Research has also shown that children who live near recreational facilities are more active than those who do not.

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