Rio Vista Park & Trail

Rio Vista Park and Trail

Location of Rio Vista Park & Trail before park renovation

Rio Vista Park Decorative Gate

Rio Vista Park and Trail Decorative Art Gate

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4275 Ranger Avenue, El Monte CA 91731

Rio Vista Park and Trail – a 2008 /$1.4 million site rehabilitation project that transformed a blighted, underused 2-acre park in El Monte into a 4.2 acre state-of-the-art outdoor recreational and educational facility that highlights the rich multi-cultural history of the Rio Hondo River.

Community Involvement

The Rio Vista park and trail project was a rehabilitation of an existing park making it educational and a historic resource. The park has been greened with native plants, and a playground will be developed along with a place for exercise. The park area has a rich cultural history, it was once the site of a barrio called  Hicks Camp – a map of the camp is imprinted in the entrance area of  of the park.  Other aspects of the areas of the park highlighted by signs and displays discuss topics of local history and culture.

In addition to becoming a state of the art recreational and educational site, our hope is to better connect the community and the school district to the park and to the river, and in so doing to establish vital connections between the park and greater network of regional natural resources.

Project Team: Amigos de los Rios with VCA Engineering, Bob Perry, Bret Goldstone, SGVCC, LACC and CCC

Park Funding: San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, Proposition A – Supervisor Gloria Molina, Land and Water Conservation Funds Recreation Trail Grant and the City of El Monte

Rio Vista Park and Trail Design Elements:

Habitat-Plant Palette

Park Wildlife – iNaturalist.org

Art and Interpretive Elements

Design Plan

Storm Water Management

The Emerald Necklace Map

To keep the parks and trails of the Emerald Necklace Park Network at their best and help out the municipalities overseeing the locations, Amigos de los Rios conducts weekly Park Restoration Events. This work is all lovingly done by volunteers. We welcome anyone that wants to help out their community, learn about nature and their environment, and get to know others with the same interests.