Friday, June 26, 2009

Saturday event -- youth fishing at Legg Lake

Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Department

June 24, 2009

                                                                                                                                                 Media Contacts:

 Joyce Fitzpatrick,

 Public Information Assistant                                                                                          626.821.4645

626-821-466     Or


 Imee Perius

 Public Information Officer





Join Whittier Narrows Recreation Area for the “Youth Fun Fish,” featuring the new ADA Accessible Fishing Pier at Legg Lake, Saturday June 27, 2009


Children ages 15 and under can enjoy a fun-filled day of fishing, with rod and reel loans, free bait, music, food and more at the “Youth Fun Fish,” in Whittier Narrows Recreation Area, located at 555 North Durfee Avenue in El Monte, CA, 91733.   The event will take place at the new ADA accessible Fishing Pier at Legg Lake, Saturday, June 27, 2009 from 9:00 am until 2:00pm.  The event is free and registration starts Saturday at 8:00am. 


The new Americans Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible fishing pier at Legg Lake has several features.  An aluminum bridge, fishing pier with a designated ADA fishing spot, concrete abutments, information kiosk, interpretive signage, native plant materials, reclaimed water system, ADA access, parking, ramps and decomposed granite path of travel from the parking lot.  The project started construction in 2008 and was signed off as completed in February 2009.  The project budget was $990,000.00, with funds from Proposition A, a grant from the (RMC) Rivers Mountains Conservancy, and Proposition 50.  It was also completed under budget. 


This event is sponsored by County of Los Angeles 1st District Supervisor, Gloria Molina,   the California Department of Fish and Game Resources Agency youth program “Fishing in the City,” the Rivers Mountain Conservancy (RMC), and the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation. 


Parking for the event is $4.00 at the Durfee parking lot entrance.  Free limited parking is available off of the Santa Anita Parking lot located at 751 South Santa Anita Avenue, South El Monte, Ca  91733. 


Whittier Narrows has a variety of features, spread over 1,492 acres and is one of Los Angeles County’s largest and most popular recreational areas.  The park is located on both sides of the Pomona Freeway at Rosemead Boulevard.  There are over 200 acres of natural woodland areas including four lakes that provide a winter sanctuary for migrating water fowl.  The Nature Center focuses on the river environment and has a museum with live displays of plant and animal life.  The regional facility is a product of cooperative efforts between the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation.  In 1952 a flood-control dam was completed known as Whittier Narrows. 


For more information please call the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area park office at (626) 575-5526 or Fax: (626) 448-7308.  For information regarding all community and regional parks, museums, nature centers and more please visit the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation website at:


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