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6255 De Forest Ave.
(562) 570-1620
(49.6 acres)

Information

Hours:

Afterschool Programs:
Monday - Friday: 12 - 6pm
Saturday: 12 - 4pm
Sunday: Closed

Racquetball Court:
Monday & Friday: 12 - 6pm
Saturday: 12 - 4pm
Sunday: Closed

History

The City owned portion of the park is 15 acres and was improved in 1976 from land acquired as excess property from the Los Angeles County Flood Control District. The park is improved with a small meeting room and staff office, four lighted tennis courts, a handball/racquetball court structure, two playgrounds, two baseball diamonds and two restrooms.

The remaining 34.91 acres is used as the DeForest Nature trail, which the City uses through a Los Angeles County Flood Control District permit. This is a County detention basis, used to hold floodwaters until the Los Angeles River can accommodate the additional flows. The use permit to use the area was the result of a vigorous grass root community campaign to create the nature area. A trail was created through the basin and donated plants installed by volunteer labor.

By 2000, the area was overgrown with non-native plants and dry weather runoff from the storm drain system had created trash and vector control problem. A feasibility study was undertaken to see if the basin could be restored as a natural wetland habitat while retaining its flood control function. When the restoration was found feasible in 2004, plans were developed and an Environmental Impact Report certified in 2006. The City has partial funding for the restoration from the Los Angeles County Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond Act of 1996, and is seeking remaining funding to undertake the restoration.

Amenities

Basketball Court, Community Center, Nature Trail, Playground, Racquetball Court, Softball Field, Tennis Court, Sand Volleyball Court, Restrooms, Youth Recreation, Adult Classes

Map to the Park