Our Mission

The mission of Amigos de los Ríos (Amigos) is to create sustainable open spaces, strengthen community life, and preserve the environment in underserved areas of Southern California. Working closely with community members, we strategically partner to design, to build, and to restore parks and open spaces for recreation and education, with a focus on the urban rivers and their tributaries.

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  • Emerald Necklace

    Amigos de los Rios is working to create The Emerald Necklace Regional Park Network encompassing the San Gabriel Forest to the Pacific Ocean and out to the Catalina Islands.

  • Volunteer Calendar

    Please JOIN US and green the gray this Saturday, July 2nd 2016 at Mullhall Elementary School/Jeff Seymour Family Center, 10900 Mullhall St., El Monte, CA 91731 from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! See you there!

  • Park Projects

    Take a tour of our parks projects located in the Emerald Necklace.

    See how Amigos de los Rios and our community partners are working to transform the landscape of the Emerald Necklace by creating beautiful state of the art parks.

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“We have such a brief opportunity to pass on to our children our love for this Earth, and to tell our stories. These are the moments when the world is made whole. In my children's memories, the adventures we've had together in nature will always exist.” ― Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit

  • 6.26 Golden Streets-BIKE, WALK, RUN, SKATE, DANCE,PLAY!

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    Amigos de los Rios is excited about this great opportunity to get out and enjoy your community! Modeled after the thousands of other “open streets” or “ciclovia” events that have been organized around the world and across the United States, 626 Golden Streets will temporarily open stretches of roadway from South Pasadena to Azusa for people […]

  • Enjoy the streets of El Monte and S. El Monte on June 12th! Viva SGV!

    We are so excited about Viva SGV!  The first open streets event in the East San Gabriel Valley. On June 12th 2016 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Viva SGV! temporarily removes cars from city streets and transforms the streets into safe and fun spaces to be enjoyed by families from El Monte and South El […]

  • 2016 Social Equity Tree Planting Program Grant Recipient

    We are so happy to be included in this fine group of organizations doing great work! Thank you to CAL FIRE and California ReLeaf for helping us to reduce greenhouse gases! April 15, 2016 Sacramento – CAL FIRE along with California ReLeaf, announced today that community groups across the state will receive $385,000 in funding […]