Contact: Tony Bell, Communications Deputy
Office: (213) 974-5555 Cell: (213) 215-5176
July 29, 2014
For Immediate Release
Improvements include Habitat Restoration and Establishment of the Golden Braille Trail for the Visually-Impaired.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY – To help preserve habitat in Placerita Canyon and expand recreational opportunities for the public, a measure was approved allowing the Department of Parks and Recreation to apply for $328,000 in Proposition A grant funds to improve facilities at Placerita Canyon Natural Area and Nature Center, announced Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.
The Placerita Canyon Riparian Habitat Restoration project will help protect and preserve the delicate ecosystem of the Placerita Canyon Creek crucial to the survival of diverse native species found near the vital water source. It creates a buffer zone to reduce negative impacts on the habitat, installation of two bridges that will raise the trail in two locations, and planting of native riparian species that have been lost, as well as removal of non-native species.
Also, planned for the Heritage Trail, the proposed Golden Braille Trail will include several features including installation of an orientation area with benches and Braille signage describing the trail; audio elements; curb guides allowing the visually-impaired to independently navigate the path; planting of fragrant and brightly colored native flora; high-contrast and Braille interpretive signs and interpretive opportunities through self-guided signage; and strategically placed points of interest.