By Joyce Fitzpatrick

Approximately 75 people on Jan. 27 participated in the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation’s volunteer cleanup along the San Gabriel River near Whittier Narrows Recreation Area’s Blackwill Arena.

The County hiking and riding trails along the San Gabriel River have long provided great recreational opportunities for many County residents.  Thanks to the volunteers, which included members of a local Boy Scouts Troop, the cleanup was a great success, with two dump truck loads of trash being removed.

“Everyone who came out to help understood the importance of their role in working together to clean and keep our local environment and natural setting free of unwanted debris, and to help keep the trails landscape beautiful for everyone to enjoy,” said David Jallo, Superintendent of Whittier Narrows Recreation Area.    

A similar cleanup event is planned for later this year. Those interested in participating, or want more information, should email David Jallo at djallo@parks.lacounty.gov.

The San Gabriel River is an urban waterway that flows 58 miles southward through Los Angeles and Orange counties. It’s one of three major rivers in the Los Angeles area, the others being the Los Angeles River and Santa Ana River.

The San Gabriel River's watershed stretches from the rugged San Gabriel Mountains to the heavily developed San Gabriel Valley, as well as a significant part of the Los Angeles coastal plain. It empties into the Pacific Ocean between the cities of Long Beach and Seal Beach. 

Whittier Narrows Recreation Area, located at 750 S. Santa Anita Ave. in South El Monte, is a 1,492-acre park that is one of Los Angeles County’s largest and most popular recreation destinations.