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

    JOIN US and green the gray this Saturday, May 28th, 2016 at Mullhall/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.

Amigos in the News

We would like to THANK First 5 LA for their Tot Parks and Trails project which is creating sustainable changes in Los Angeles by providing increased opportunities for families with young children to connect with nature and be physically active.

“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

  • 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 […]

  • Amigos receives 2016 APA award

    Amigos de los Rios receives the APA 2016 Award for Excellence in Sustainability On April 4th 2016 Amigos de los Rios received the American Planning Association’s (APA) 2016 Award for Excellence in Sustainability Sustainable Communities Division for its work on Emerald Necklace Forest to Ocean Expanded Vision plan for Los Angeles County. The plan protects water resources […]