History of the Project

The Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District first championed the idea for the Discovery Center in 2000; other partners soon joined the effort, including the Central Basin Municipal Water District, the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy and the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation. The four agencies came together in 2005 to form the San Gabriel River Discovery Center Authority. In 2011, the San Gabriel River Discovery Center Foundation was established as a project of Community Partners; its primary goal is to realize this vision to build a thriving, sustainable nature area.

The importance of the River and surrounding natural area is gaining increasing national prominence, with the Emerald Necklace recently recognized as part of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative as one of the nation’s great community green spaces and with the San Gabriel Watershed and Mountains under consideration for national park service designation.