Rory M. Shaw Wetlands Park
The Rory M. Shaw Wetlands Park Project is as collaborative effort by the Los Angeles County Flood Control District, the City of Los Angeles, and the Sun Valley Watershed Stakeholders Group to address major flooding problems in Sun Valley. The project’s objective is to retain stormwater runoff while increasing water conservation, recreational opportunities, and wildlife habitat, and reducing stormwater pollution. The project will convert a 46-acre, engineered, inert landfill into a multi-purpose wetlands park.
The project will feature a 21-acre detention pond that will provide the capacity to store runoff collected from the upstream tributary area and reduce flooding in the surrounding areas. The project will also feature a 10-acre wetland that will serve as a natural water treatment system for removing pollutants from the collected stormwater runoff. The wetlands will provide a sustainable habitat for various plant and animal species. The treated stormwater will be pumped to the existing Sun Valley Park infiltration basins for groundwater recharge. The project will include approximately 15 acres of open space and recreational areas. Proposed recreational enhancements include trails, basketball and tennis courts, a tot lot, picnic tables, educational signage, and restrooms. The project will provide an open space recreation to a community that is currently underserved for recreational opportunities.
A storm drain system will be constructed as part of the project to capture and convey runoff from the upper portion of the watershed and deliver it to the detention pond. The storm drain will be constructed along Glenoaks Blvd, San Fernando Road, Tuxford Street, and Tujunga Avenue.
The Rory M. Shaw Wetlands Park is currently in the design phase. Construction is planned to begin in 2017 and project completion is expected in late 2020 at the earliest. The project is funded by the Los Angeles County Flood Control District, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and City of Los Angeles Proposition O grant funds.
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