Capital improvements to Wilacre Park. Wilacre Park is one of the most heavily-visited trailheads in the Santa Monica Mountains because of its convenient location off of Laurel Canyon Boulevard and excellent trail connections to regional open space. The Betty B. Dearing Trail and the Cross Mountain Park Trail system to Fryman Canyon Park, Coldwater Canyon Park, and Franklin Canyon Park are all accessible from this trailhead making it particularly popular for hikers and recreationalists.
Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority
The proposed grant will be used to improve the parking lot and facilities located at the trailhead and trails. Because the site has not had any recent major improvements, the existing facilities are under-sized compared to the level of visitation. The grant will be used to plan, design, and construct improvements to enhance the safety and experience for the visitors and the functionality of the site so that it can continue to be well-maintained. The parking lot layout and circulation will be evaluated to maximize efficiency, and distinguish pedestrian and vehicular traffic for better functionality and safety. A pre-engineered restroom building with permanent sewer and water connections will be constructed to replace the existing portable toilets. Depending on the final layout of parking and circulation, other planned improvements may include additional seating and/or picnic tables, relocating the drinking fountain, adding maintenance storage, and adding a kiosk and other signage to provide park information and interpretive content. New native plantings and revegetation of areas disturbed by grading will be included in the work covered by this grant.
Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC):