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 approximately 12 acres of rolling hillsides, ravines and black walnut tree groves.
The embedded trail that winds through Walnut Canyon has been providing a vital connection to nature for hikers, walkers and outdoor enthusiasts for innumerable decades. The canyon serves as a wildlife corridor to other open spaces in northeast Los Angeles. It has over 150 native Black Walnut trees which have protected status in the city of Los Angeles. It can be viewed on Google maps at this link: https://tinyurl.com/5n6zp6da
Unfortunately we are in danger of losing much this beautiful green space to major development. A residential project called Abode At Glassell Park is applying for permits to build 32 homes in part of the canyon. This development 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 natural habitat the Abode project also includes a haul route that could 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 this beautiful undeveloped land. 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. Walnut Canyon is a jewel of rugged, natural beauty that would benefit all communities for generations to come
These efforts at preservation have resulted in productive conversations with members of the offices of L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis, City Councilmember Gil Cedillo, State Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo, 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."