Parks News

San Gabriel Park construction updates

Due to ongoing renovations to San Gabriel Park, Morrow St. may be closed periodically for drainage and road work. As part of our Parks ADA Transition program, parts of the trail will also be closed intermittently throughout the spring and summer to facilitate reconstruction. Please proceed with caution through this area and be aware of construction equipment.

11/27-12/22: A segment of the San Gabriel River Trail will be closed for four weeks starting Nov. 27. The closure is for reconstruction of the hike and bike trail surface to meet gradient limits of current accessibility guidelines. The trail segment is a 0.6-mile concrete section from Rivery Park to a point in San Gabriel Park west of the confluence of the two forks of the San Gabriel River. Other segments of the trail will remain open, including the loop around San Gabriel Park.

San Gabriel Park is currently undergoing Phase 1 of improvements. The project includes a new playground with sensory walk, improved entry and directional signage, and the restoration of the spring habitat to its natural state through the re-establishment of the spring channel and native vegetation.

Other improvements will include parking, roadway, utility and drainage improvements; realignment of the Morrow Street and Chamber Way intersection; additional restrooms and pavilions; upgraded park furnishings throughout; and trail and accessibility improvements throughout the park.

The approximately $2.5 million project will be completed by Georgetown-based Weststar Construction and should be completed in January 2018. Austin-based RVi Planning and Landscape Architecture completed the master plan and design.

City Council approved the construction contract at its regularly scheduled Jan. 24 meeting. Funding for the project was approved by voters in a 2008 bond package.

Access to the park will not be affected; however, short-term road closures and detours are expected to happen throughout construction in the Phase 1 area. The San Gabriel Park Master Plan, which was completed in June 2015, identified improvements to be completed in phases to limit park disruptions.