Amigos de los Ríos (AMIGOS) was founded in 2003 with the mission of building parks with a bigger use while fostering environmental sustainability.
AMIGOS focuses on developing and implementing multi-purpose, state-of-the-art parks in park-deficient neighborhoods. Their projects use green techniques such as on-site water filtration, bioswales, and low-water-use irrigation. In their park projects they also integrate drought-tolerant and native-plant landscaping to conserve water, protect biodiversity and natural resources.
They are currently working to make their amazing vision of “The Emerald Necklace” -an unbroken network of parks and connecting nature trails and bike paths that stretches from the San Gabriel Mountains to the Sea- a reality.
AMIGOS is committed to engaging the community while reflecting community needs through programs including curriculum creation for K-12, family-oriented environmental education program, developing vocational green collar training certification programs and encouraging community involvement in all aspects of their parks projects development.
An initiative spear-headed by AMIGOS has resulted in approximately 2 acres of exterior space at the historic Los Angeles County University of Southern California Medical Center being transformed into the innovative LAC USC Wellness Park and Fitness Trail. With outdoor exercise equipment along the trail it is available for the health and enjoyment of the public and definitely worth a visit.
If you are looking for a hands on way to make a difference in local environmental sustainability- or you’d like a fun meaningful way to meet a community service requirement- this may very well be the cause for you!
They have a wonderful, highly skilled Volunteer Coordinator, John Latsko, who is extremely knowledge about indigenous California plants. And they are always in need of extra helping hands. To volunteer, donate and learn more visit http://www.amigosdelosrios.org.