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Project: Flat Top LA River Restoration

Description: Flat Top is a highly prominent 38-acre hill top situated just northeast from the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens. It is surrounded by the communities of Lincoln Heights, Happy Valley, and Montecito Heights. It formerly was owned by Aimee Semple McPherson's Church of the Foursquare Gospel, and in the 1930's their radio broadcasting tower was built at the summit. Various development scenarios sought to capitalize on the extraordinary views from the property. In 2014 North East Trees was successful in obtaining a Los Angeles Open Space District Proposition A grant from the First Supervisorial District to acquire the site for conservation, restoration, and recreational trails. They own and continue to maintain the property. North East Trees' grant proposal is to enhance the existing native habitat by tree-planting, control of invasive species (such as the agressive Tree of Heaven), and to establish rain gardens and bioswales to capture runoff. Local youth will be hired for project work.

Reference Number: 3810P011912

Implemented By: North East Trees

Objective: Flat Top is a highly prominent 38-acre hill top situated just northeast from the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens. It is surrounded by the communities of Lincoln Heights, Happy Valley, and Montecito Heights. It formerly was owned by Aimee Semple McPherson's Church of the Foursquare Gospel, and in the 1930's their radio broadcasting tower was built at the summit. Various development scenarios sought to capitalize on the extraordinary views from the property. In 2014 North East Trees was successful in obtaining a Los Angeles Open Space District Proposition A grant from the First Supervisorial District to acquire the site for conservation, restoration, and recreational trails. They own and continue to maintain the property. North East Trees' grant proposal is to enhance the existing native habitat by tree-planting, control of invasive species (such as the agressive Tree of Heaven), and to establish rain gardens and bioswales to capture runoff. Local youth will be hired for project work.

Type: Restoration

Total Cost: $667,250.00

Project Status: Preliminary/Planning

On Time?: Yes    Within Scope?: Yes    Within Budget?: Yes

Estimated Completion: 6/30/2021    Actual Completion:

Associated Counties: Los Angeles

Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC): Yes

Contribution SourcesContribution DateContribution Amount
  $667,250.00
Local Contribution6/18/2019$170,000.00
Prop. 1, Urban Creek (LA River)6/18/2019$497,250.00


Project MetricMetric TopicQuantityUnit
RestorationEradication/Treatment of Invasive Species38acres assessed/treated
RestorationOther  

Water Action Plan Target

    
Make Conservation a California Way of LifeAction Description
Protect and Restore Important EcosystemsAction Description
Increase Operational and Regulatory EfficiencyAction Description

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