First Look: Peck Road Park Improvement Plan

The County Board of Supervisors have released plans to give Peck Road Water Conservation Park a major facelift.

Be on the lookout for construction activity next month at Peck Road Water Conservation Park.

The County has approved $200,000 for general improvements at the park, which include refurbishing the restroom building, replacing damaged picnic tables and fire pits, along with upgrades upgrades to landscaping, walkways and trails.

Tell us: Do you Frequent Peck Road Park and think it needs an upgrade?

The project is slated for completion in May 2013, and paid for with a grant from the Los Angeles County Safe Neighborhood Parks Proposition of 1996, otherwise known as Proposition A.  

Calling the project "exciting," Los Angeles Parks and Recreation Special Assistant Kay Michelson said, "This project will assist in the Department’s ongoing efforts to provide outstanding recreational destinations for all to enjoy."

The project also contains a Youth Employment Plan, which is required to comply with the County of Los Angeles Regional Park and Open Space District’s Youth Employment Policy, which will authorize at-risk youth to perform weed abatement and general clean-up on this project.  

This is Phase II of the project. Phase I included the planting of  approximately 250 sycamore and Oak trees.

Patch will have more updates on this project, including detailed plans and a rendering, as it unfolds.

Karen Requa Higgins October 10, 2012 at 06:07 PM
We've visited Peck Road Park several times in the last couple of years, and we were very pleased with the general upkeep, trees, and trails. If they spend $200,000 on upgrades and more people "discover" the Park, then "they" need to set aside monies for future maintenance and frequent trash pickup.
Natalie Ragus (Editor) October 10, 2012 at 07:09 PM
I love that park! It's so peaceful. It's truly a hidden treasure in Arcadia.
Ross S. Heckmann October 10, 2012 at 09:37 PM
I have visited the park a few times. I have a good impression of it. Many thanks to those who have worked so hard to bring it this far, and who are pushing to make it a better place. Karen, you raise a good point that more money will be needed on an ongoing basis, but it is worth it I think--how many half-way decent urban parks are there, particularly those with bodies of water and a lot of birds? If they could make the water clean enough at an acceptable cost, then there could be recreational use of the bodies of water as well.
Ross S. Heckmann October 10, 2012 at 09:38 PM
I agree. I wish I could get down there more often--and often, even when I do get down there, I am sufficiently pressed for time that I can't spend leisurely time there as I would like to. Will try to do more in the future.
Karen Requa Higgins October 10, 2012 at 09:48 PM
and we are so very fortunate to have this and other lovely places in our San Gabriel Valley; this is a wonderful part of the Emerald Necklace that is being planned, envisioned, and carried out: http://www.amigosdelosrios.org/necklace.htm
Doug C October 11, 2012 at 02:39 AM
This is a wonderful park and it's so great to see ta money spent well for a change. Thanks Amigos de los Rios and everyone else who has contributed to this park's upgrades. I hope the new improvements include the bike path that will connect this park to the San Gabriel River bikeway and complete the Emerald Necklace loop!
Del October 11, 2012 at 11:52 PM
This is a wonderful place to fish. I go about 20 times a year.It would be wonderful if they could landskape more area's around the lake to make them more accesible & more comfortable to fish.a road or path all the way around the lakes with a Bridge over the spillway. THere is so much that can be done here. I am just wondering if 200k is enough. Maybe if used wise-ly
Del October 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM
P.S So much Trash goes into the Lake from the spillway after or during a heavy rian
Karen Requa Higgins October 12, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Let's hope, Del, that someone sees your comment and that someone is putting together a plan to handle the trash before it gets into the Lake! and yes, I'd agree...it is sad and amazing how quickly $200K could/would be spent! http://www.luresext.edu/aquaculture/spillwayscreenconstruction.htm
Bob Ginn October 30, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Del,Karen and all.. regarding Peck water conservation park.. In the first stages of the California native tree planting and bio-wale landscape( installed by the county and Amigos de Los Rios staff and volunteers) Amigos had an intensive study done- 'Biological Resources: Peck Road Water Conservation Park' It deals with all the environmental as well native flora and fauna located on the property.I would like to share this study with persons interested. Amigos works with student volunteers on the first Saturday each month. Please come out, (three hours 9-12 noon). You will enjoy your time there.
Doug C February 04, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Just stopped by on Sunday and it's looking absolutely beautiful. Any renderings or construction updates?
Bob Ginn February 04, 2013 at 08:16 PM
It is my understanding that MADD Monrovia,Arcadia and Duarte Unincorporated Town Council will have two representatives from Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation at the Feb.20,2013 meeting. To be held at Pamela Park 7:30 P.M. All interested in the best development and conservation i.e. saving water at Peck Water Conservation Park's future should attend.


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