Friends Of Walnut Canyon
We are dedicated to preserving Walnut Canyon as public parkland for all communities to enjoy and treasure.
Walnut Canyon is a sprawling open space located in the Glassell Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. It consists of nearly 15 acres of hillside grassland, California black walnut tree groves and other flora.
Walnut Canyon is a prime example of the need for green space in our communities. The embedded trail that winds through the canyon has been providing a connection to nature for hikers, walkers, bird watchers, dog walkers and outdoor enthusiasts for innumerable decades. Kids and adults of all backgrounds have studied and experienced the diversity of nature when walking in this popular canyon. It is vibrant habitat for a variety of wildlife such as coyotes, foxes, bobcats, skunks, raccoons, opossums, owls and migratory birds. It serves as a wildlife corridor to other undeveloped open space in northeast Los Angeles.
The main entrances to the canyon are located at the end of Haverhill Dr. and and at the end of Brilliant Dr. where the pavement ends. It can be viewed on Google maps at this link http://tinyurl.com/m5mrl4a or by searching for "Haverhill Dr. 90065."
Unfortunately we are in danger of losing this beautiful green space to major development. A residential project called Abode At Glassell Park is applying for permits to build 32 tract homes on approximately four acres of land. And a second large piece of property located immediately adjacent to the Abode project has recently been for sale. It is a five-acre parcel located at 2215 Loveland Dr.
Development of these two pieces of land would cause the irreversible loss of one of the last remaining large open spaces in northeast Los Angeles. In addition to the demise of this rare open space the Abode project also includes a haul route that would bring more than 130 truck trips every day along Haverhill Dr, Cazador St, Division St, Ave. 42, Scandia Way, Ave 40, Verdugo Rd. and Eagle Rock Blvd. and would severely degrade the quality of life for hundreds of residents and thousands of drivers for at least a year and a half.
The Friends Of Walnut Canyon continue our ongoing work with organizations, officials and property owners towards the goal of finding funding to buy and preserve the private land that composes these 15 acres of undeveloped open space. Preserving Walnut Canyon means preserving access to outdoor activity for thousands of nearby residents. Glassell Park is a park-poor neighborhood with many underserved residents. It is also a community that is growing rapidly. The current major surge in local high-density housing predicates an even greater need for easy access to outdoor recreation. Walnut Canyon is a local treasure that would benefit the greater community for generations to come. It is a jewel of rugged beauty located only four miles from the dense urban downtown core of one of the biggest cities in the world.
These efforts at preservation have resulted in productive conversations with members of the offices of L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis, Councilmember Gil Cedillo, The Trust For Public Land, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and others to seek funding for securing Walnut Canyon as public parkland for all communities to enjoy and treasure.
The Friends Of Walnut Canyon committee formed within the Glassell Park Improvement Association in early 2017 to continue the work of seeking funding to preserve Walnut Canyon. The GPIA is non-profit charitable 501(c)(3) organization and all donations to Friends Of Walnut Canyon are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished."