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El Dorado Park Project (Stormwater Arroyo)

El Dorado Park Project (Stormwater Arroyo)

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Maker Challenge by Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority

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.


In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • San Fernando Valley
  • Pacoima Neighborhood

How do you plan to use these resources to make change?

  • Engage residents and stakeholders
  • Implement a pilot or new project

How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics?

  • Healthcare access
  • Exposure to air toxins
  • Percent of imported water
  • Obesity rates
  • Walk/bike/transit score
  • Acres and miles of polluted waterways
  • Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (Dream Metric)
  • Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)
  • Percentage of tree canopy cover (Dream Metric)

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?

  • Money (financial capital)
  • Publicity/awareness (social capital)
  • Community outreach