Riverside park progresses

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Additional phase one plans include a river overlook, native plants nursery, river promenade, riparian landscape, wildflower meadows and a transformation of the farm house into a visitors center. Project officials said the first portion of phase one will cost about $4.6 million. Faustinos said the agency has secured about $1.5 million from the San Gabriel & Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, $460,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and applied for a $2million grant from the River Parkways Grant Program. If they receive all the funding necessary, the conservation authority plans to move ahead with the first phase next year. Juan Mota, 58, of La Puente said he is eager for the park to be finished. “It’s a big piece of land that has been empty for a long time and before that the ducks kept everyone out of there,” Mota said. “It’s good that now it’s going to be something a lot of people can use.” LA PUENTE – Shovels will soon hit the dirt at the old “duck farm” property near the San Gabriel River to make way for a regional park. Officials from the Watershed Conservation Authority said the concept plans for the park have been finished and anticipate initial construction to start at the beginning of the year. Belinda Faustinos, spokeswoman for the conservation authority, said the first phase of the multiphase project concentrates on the portion of the 57-acre property from Valley Boulevard south to Avocado Creek and on the east side of the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway near Proctor Drive. “We will be improving access from Proctor, improve landscaping, add trails, a small parking lot and make improvements to underpasses to give them more lighting,” Faustinos said. “We want it to be much more attractive and we want people to feel safe when they visit.” Between 1950 and 2001 the duck farm, previously known as Woodland Farms, operated as a breeder of thousands of orange-beaked Peking ducks that were sold to restaurants across the West. The conservation authority bought the property in 2004 for $4 million. Officials said the duck farm project is divided into 12 acres on the east side of the freeway and 45 acres on the west and is an opportunity to create open space and recreation areas in a densely urbanized area. Faustinos said the plans for the duck farm were drafted after the conservation authority held workshops and sought comment from the surrounding communities of La Puente and El Monte. Officials said the regional park project will take about 10 years to be completed. nisha.gutierrez@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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