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DUCK FARM

The Watershed Conservation Authority (WCA) is currently developing the former Woodland Duck Farm, which stretches for two miles along the San Gabriel River, into a passive park. The first step involves area development and landscape infrastructure improvements including: a multi-purpose road (technosoil), decomposed granite trail loop (1 mile in length), grading, clearing/grubbing, water point-of-connection and irrigation system installation and phyto-remediation native plant seeding of 25+ acres along the San Gabriel River.
     A Conceptual Site Plan, which defines the park's design, placement of proposed features and estimated costs, was prepared in July 2007. The proposed project includes development of a new 37.5-acre park which would provide facilities for passive recreation, improve the natural habitat, improve water quality and storm water management, and connect the community to more open space. Figure 1 is an aerial photo/map of the site. Figure 2 is the Conceptual Site Plan.
     The California Natural Resources Agency announced on November 26 the award of a grant of $1.400,000 to the Watershed Conservation Authority. The funds will be used to develop 31 acres located on the eastern bank of the San Gabriel River (the Duck Farm) into an urban greenway. The project includes wetlands, a river overlook, and a 1.5-mile meadow-lined trail with interpretive stations.

Aerial View
Figure 1: Most of the Duck Farm is located between the 605 Freeway and the San Gabriel Rive, Note these features: the water backed up behind two inflatable dams in the river, the road atop the levee between the Duck Farm and the river, and the adjacent golf course.Click to view an interactive version of this map which can be magnified.
Conceptual Site Plan
Figure 2: Conceptual Site Plan for the proposed park. Click to download a PDF version of this plan. The PDF version is rotated 90 degrees and can be magnified to show more detail.

Phase 1 of the Conceptual Site Plan is a design for development of the portion of the Duck Farm property within unincorporated Los Angeles County. The Phase 1 park design includes a new access at the adjacent Bassett residential area, trails leading to the San Gabriel River, improvement to the river levee, a community park, a dog park, equestrian center, and a native plant nursery to offer employment opportunities to local youth.

Phase 1 does not include the southern portion of the property in the City of Industry. Planning for this area will be continued under a separate effort, the Phase 2 Plan, in the near future.

For more information, contact:

Deborah Enos, Deputy Executive Officer
Phone: (626) 815-1019, extension 112
Email: denos@wca.ca.gov

Address:
Watershed Conservation Authority  
100 Old San Gabriel Canyon Road
Azusa, CA 91702



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