Franklin D. Roosevelt Park Regional Stormwater Capture Project

Roosevelt Park



LA County has been in a drought with no foreseeable end. Innovative ways are needed to diversify water resources and boost the reliability of local water supplies.


Runoff from storms carry urban trash and debris into local rivers, streams, and beaches.


There is a great need for safe neighborhood parks and for preservation and enhancement of existing recreational facilities.


The public is increasingly aware of water resources challenges, but much still needs to be done to raise awareness of the availability of innovative, environmentally sustainable solutions.


The Franklin D. Roosevelt Park Regional Stormwater Capture Project is an innovative way to collect dry weather runoff and stormwater from approximately 200 acres of the County unincorporated community of Florence-Firestone and allow it to soak into the ground.

The project proposes to construct new drains to take water from the existing Glen Avenue Drain, remove trash and debris, and send the water to underground infiltration chambers at the park soccer field, area next to the skate park, and Whitsett Avenue. The design capacity of the project is approximately 8 acre-feet, which is equivalent to conserving approximately 34 million gallons of water in an average year.

The project also proposes to improve amenities at the park, such as a redesigned soccer field with artificial turf, replacement of skate park ramps, a new education garden with bioswales and drought tolerant plants, a new healthy court with kids playmounds and ADA-accessible exercise equipment, and a new picnic area.

The project is currently in the engineering design phase, and construction is anticipated to begin in late 2017.


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• Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
• County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation
• California Department of Water Resources - Proposition 84 2015 Implementation Grant Program
• Los Angeles County Flood Control District


• A community meeting was held on November 16, 2016, 7 p.m., at the Park. Click here for the meeting presentation.
• Click here for the proposed project boundary.


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