Parks Revitalized by Restoring Nature’s Balance
Since Amigos de los Rios was founded in 2003, we have specialized in the development and implementation of multi-benefit, state-of-the-art-parks in underserved neighborhoods. AMIGOS park projects are created in support of the East Los Angeles County Emerald Necklace. Our parks are informed by community needs and local cultural heritage, and by the latest low impact development (LID) landscape practices. AMIGOS park projects use green infrastructure methodologies, such as on-site water filtration, bioswales, and low-water-use irrigation, as well as drought-tolerate and native-plant landscaping.
Amigos de los Rios provides knowledge, skills, and leadership in the following areas:
- Designing, planning and implementation of urban green infrastructure, including innovative, sustainability neighborhood parks
- Developing community partnerships and organizing community action programs
- Conservation of open and natural spaces within the metropolitan region
- Efficiently utilizing funding for green infrastructure projects, including sustainability planning
- Promoting community involvement in all aspects of project planning, design and development
Promoting community involvement is an important element to the success of Amigos de los Rios projects. These efforts encourage community members to become stewards of the parks in their communities and to participate in a larger vision for change. In many instances, AMIGOS-designed urban parks serve as prototypes for the next generation of public parks and open spaces in our area. In addition, there are discrete elements of a larger vision: an unbroken network of parks and connecting nature trails and bike paths and stretches from the San Gabriel Mountains to the sea.
Amigos de Los Rios efforts have yielded the following completed parks projects:
Madrid Middle School Joint Use Greening Project
Columbia School Park
Durfee Thompson Park
El Monte Downtown Gateway- Veterans Memorial Park
Gibson Mariposa Park
Jeff Seymour Family Center
Peck Water Conservation Park
Rio Vista Park and Trail
San Gabriel Canyon Gateway Park
Willard Paine School Park
….. and the work continues, at any given time we have multiple park projects in process.