El Dorado Park Project (Stormwater Arroyo)
El Dorado Park project will create a 1-acre innovative multiple-benefit park adjacent to Pacoima Wash in a disadvantaged community. The park will feature recreational, educational, and water-quality improvement features such as landscaped fitness trails, free-play meadow, picnic and community gathering spaces, education stations, and stormwater treatment basins which will be attractive, educational, sustainable, and will clean Pacoima Wash by capturing, treating polluted stormwater and trash.
In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?
San Fernando Valley
How do you plan to use these resources to make change?
Engage residents and stakeholders
Implement a pilot or new project
How will your proposal improve the following LIVE metrics?
Exposure to air toxins
Percent of imported water
Acres and miles of polluted waterways
Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (Dream Metric)
Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)
Percentage of tree canopy cover (Dream Metric)
Please explain how you will evaluate your work.
This project is located in an underserved and park poor community, the mere existence of the park will be a gauge of success. It will add 1-acre of recreational space for the community to enjoy. We expect that this park will be heavily used by the neighborhood, given excitement displayed to-date by residents. The success of the project will also be evaluated, in part, by stewardship: through the water treatment elements, park users can see and learn what type of trash is collected at the park during runoff, spurring neighbors to pickup street litter immediately. We will partner with local community groups (such as Pacoima Beautiful) who foster environmental stewardship through volunteer activities that keep the community engaged and will activate the park. MRCA is also developing a program with partners to monitor the effectiveness of the stormwater treatment system. These organizations may also conduct park-user counts and bird counts, comparing pre‐ and post‐construction conditions.
How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed
Money (financial capital)
Publicity/awareness (social capital)