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El Dorado Duck Pond Project

El Dorado Duck Pond

Additional project updates and information will be published on an on-going basis.

Latest Updates - May 2023

The City's contractor, Los Angeles Engineering, has completed dewatering the duck pond as of April 2023. Disposal of sediment in the duck pond began in May 2023 and is expected to be complete by June 2023. Excavation of Forebay and Wetland is expected to begin in August 2023.

On-site biologists have identified (3) remaining bird nests on site. The Contractor has been notified of the restrictions of work activity near the bird nests.

Construction began in September 2022 and is estimated to be completed, barring weather or other unforeseen delays, by Spring 2024.

The contractor is scheduled to perform work Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Parking impacts are expected. Patrons can still park on Studebaker Rd. Efforts will be made to minimize inconveniences and minimize construction activities during scheduled park sports activities.

The contractor encourages park patrons to keep children away from the construction areas and activities.

Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation throughout this project. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the El Dorado Duck Pond hotline at (562) 570-6591 or e-mail us at contactlbpw@longbeach.gov.

Project Timeline

*Construction timeline is set barring unforeseen weather changes or other circumstances.

Construction Start September 2022
Reclaimed Water and Irrigation Mainline Installation September 2022
Dewater Duck Pond April 2023
Sediment Removal of Duck Pond May 2023
New Liner Installation October 2023
Mechanical/Electrical Equipment Installation January 2024
Fill Duck Pond March 2024
Habitat Restoration March 2024
Construction Ends Spring 2024

Project Information

The El Dorado Duck Pond is in El Dorado Park West, a 273-acre regional park located along the eastern border of Long Beach.  The area around the duck pond includes many recreational amenities including a soccer field, restroom facilities, amphitheater, two parking lots, playground and open space. An 18-hole golf course borders the duck pond property to the east. The project will enhance recreational amenities and improve visitor experience for park users such as:  

  • Improving water quality
  • Enhancing ecological function and the pond’s habitat by restoring the pond liner
  • Enlarging the wetlands and forebay
  • Removing invasive specie
  • Planting of California native landscaping  

In partnership with the Long Beach Water Department and in alignment with the City’s water conservation efforts, the project will provide a new reclaimed water system to the adjacent golf course reducing the use of potable water. The Long Beach Water Department will be utilizing the treated water from the pond to irrigate a neighboring golf course. This will be accomplished by the installation of a new system treatment that will provide filtration and disinfection of any water distributed through the irrigation system. 

The proposed project will address leaks and other existing deficiencies, improve public access, and convert the pond into a recycled water reservoir. The project will also upgradecurrent conditions of the walkway surrounding the pond.  

Since the pond will be drained as part of the proposed repairs, the duck pond will be temporarily closed to the public during the duration of the project from September 2022 to late 2023. 

Project Funding

The project is currently supported by Measure A, Measure W, grant funding from the Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District Grant, in addition to federal grant funding in partnership with the Long Beach Water Department.

Wildlife Care and Tree Planting

The Public Works Department takes great care and consideration in ensuring tree removals are handled in an environmentally responsible manner. The wellbeing and care of all birds and wildlife is a priority and being considered during the entirety of this project. A qualified biologist was hired to perform regular bird nesting surveys and provide advice and recommendations to the City to ensure the most well-informed decisions. For additional information, please view the latest Bird Nesting Survey.

Before pond drainage occurs, approved wildlife relocation activities will begin. As water drawdown commences, any remaining wildlife will continue to be removed and relocated according to the approved California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) Streambed Alteration Agreement.

The remaining trees as shown on the plans have been removed and stumps have been grounded. The trees at the haul routes will be trimmed at a later date. Replanting of new trees will occur at the end of the project.

Project Contact Information

Marvin Mai, marvin.mai@psomas.com

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