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 in greening our community this Saturday Sept.23rd, 2016 at Whittier Narrows Recreation Park - Legg Lake, 1201 Potrero Avenue, El Monte, CA 91733 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

  • Los Angeles Reaches Back to Plan a Green Future

    Map stone for Emerald Necklace Park Network

    Re-post of August 15, 2016  article written by Claire Robinson for “The Conservation Fund”. Among the most pressing challenges facing today’s sprawling Los Angeles region: automobile traffic, air pollution, and swelling populations. Insufficient parks, playgrounds and public beaches exacerbate these circumstances. Access to open space is increasingly critical to create sustainable open spaces, strengthen community […]

  • Inspiration in El Monte

    Ricardo Barth

    GAINING JOB SKILLS WHILE BUILDING AN “EMERALD NECKLACE” OF TREES THROUGH LOS ANGELES COUNTY  by Molly Miller (re-published from UpliftCA) A kid growing up around the 1400-acre Whittier Narrows Park in South El Monte, near East Los Angeles can spend summer afternoons fishing in the San Gabriel River. It’s stocked with bass and trout. Whittier […]

  • Do you love the San Gabriel Mountains?

    We, the communities of the greater Los Angeles region, are fortunate to have the San Gabriel Mountains as our backyard.  However, due to a shortage of resources we need your support for the following: – Access for all to healthy, sustainable, recreational and educational opportunities; – Improvements to the recently designated San Gabriel Mountains National Monument; […]