AZUSA RIVER WILDERNESS PARK
The Watershed Conservation Authority (WCA) has proposed creation of Azusa River Wilderness Park (also known as El Encanto Azusa River Wilderness Park) for use as parkland and watershed protection. The site is along Highway 39 in San Gabriel Canyon near the northern boundary of the City of Azusa. Figures 1 and 2 show the location and study (planning) area.
Figure 1: Aerial View of Azusa RiverWilderness Park. Click to view a larger, interactive version of this image.
Figure 2, Azusa River Wilderness Park Study (Planning) Area. Click to view a larger version of this image
In February 2006 the WCA in collaboration with the City of Azusa purchased the 40-acre former El Encanto Restaurant site. In November 2008 the WCA acquired the 26 acre International Theological Seminary property, also known as the Canyon Inn/CoolSprings property. The Taylor, Rainbow Ranch Equestrian Facility, and the Private Parcel are potential future acquisitions. Figure 2 shows these properties.
A Master Plan was prepared for the proposed park. The Master Plan includes Site Programming, Site Planning and overall Site Concept Development. The Nature Experience Plan is the adopted concept; the over-riding theme is to provide a place where the visitor can experience nature. A 2-page brochure which provides a succinct look at the Master Plan has also been created. Download the Master Plan (253 page, 16.3 mb PDF file) or the brochure (2 page 1 mb PDF file).
A Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) for the proposed park was adopted by the WCA board in September 2009 after the public was given the opportunity to review and comment on it. The MND consists of the following parts which can be downloaded:
- Draft Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration (85 page, 4.6 mb PDF file).
- Appendix A, Air Quality LST Data (52 page,0.25 mb PDF file)
- Appendix B, Biological Constraints Report (26 page, 4.5 mb PDF file)
Supporting Information for the Canyon Inn property: This is staking information for the River Wilderness Park property located west of Highway 39. It's provided in support of the Site Planning Request for Proposals that was issued at the beginning of June 2010. Click here to download the file (18 page, 5 mb, PDF file)
Rob Romanek, Project Manager
Phone: (626) 815-1019, extension 108
Watershed Conservation Authority
100 Old San Gabriel Canyon Road
Azusa, CA 91702