Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe is pleased to announce a grant of $2.5 million to the City of Paramount for use in the development and expansion of Ralph A. Dills Park.
The Dills Park Expansion Project is a multi-phased acquisition and development project adjacent to the Los Angeles River. The County funds will assist the City in developing new open space near the existing park and renovating the preexisting facilities. The expanded area of the park will extend the Dills Park Trail and provide a natural setting with a large meadow, picnic areas, restroom, and playground. The renovation of the existing parkland will convert this area into a nature walk that connects to the expansion area and provides improved accessibility on the Los Angeles River Trail. In addition, the entire park will employ new water management practices and materials that reduce water usage and runoff, and provide filtered water drainage into the Los Angeles River.
The total cost for the Dills Parks Expansion Project is $4 million. The County’s $2.5 million contribution came from the Fourth Supervisorial District’s portion of the Safe Neighborhood Parks Propositions. The Rivers and Mountains Conservancy provided a $1 million grant to the project, and the remaining $500,000 came from State grant funds.
My vision for the Los Angeles River is to make it an asset for all, so that anyone that comes in contact with the River and the neighborhoods around it benefit from the resources that we have invested right here, said Supervisor Knabe. With this $2.5 million contribution to the City of Paramount, we will be making another important commitment to the Los Angeles River in the form of an expansion and renovation of Dills Park.