Whittier Narrows Recreation Area Play Area D-9 Renovation Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
Los Angeles County Department of Parks & Recreation
Document Title
Whittier Narrows Recreation Area Play Area D-9 Renovation Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Whittier Narrows Recreation Area is a vast 1,492-acre park and one of the most popular recreational destinations in Los Angeles County. With over one million visitors annually, it serves the greater San Gabriel Valley with a wide range of amenities, including fishing lakes, sports fields, picnic areas, fitness zones, boat rentals, and play areas. The recreation area serves a region with high park need and limited areas for children and caregiver play according to the 2016 Los Angeles Countywide Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment and the 2022 Parks Needs Assessment Plus. The proposed project area, located within Area D in the southeast section of the park between Legg Lake and Center Lake, features play areas, picnic tables, and a drinking fountain bordered by a walking trail with views of Legg Lake. Play Area D-9 is one of the largest in the Department’s portfolio and has experienced very heavy use over decades. In 2016, the Play Area’s playground equipment was removed due to the poor condition of the equipment and is currently vacant. The proposed project scope will address this long-standing deferred maintenance need by replacing the play equipment and safety surfacing. Further, the scope includes landscaping, tree planting, and the replacement of site furnishings that have outlived their useful life and desperately need replacement.

Contact Information

Jui Ing Chien
Agency Name
Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation
Job Title
Park Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Los Angeles
Other Location Info
750 Santa Anita Ave, South El Monte, CA 91733

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301 (d), 15302 (c), 15303 (e) and 15304 (a)(b)
Reasons for Exemption
The proposed project will provide for restoration or rehabilitation of deteriorated or damaged structures, facilities, or mechanical equipment to meet current standards of public health and safety; replacement of existing facilities; construction of small structures; and minor alterations to land which will not involve the removal of healthy, mature, and scenic trees. In addition, based on the records of the proposed project, it will comply with all applicable regulations, and it is not in a sensitive environment, and there are no cumulative impacts, unusual circumstances, damage to scenic highways, listing on hazardous waste site lists compiled pursuant to Government Code section 65962.5, or indications that it may cause a substantial adverse change in the significance of a historical resource that would make the exemption inapplicable.
County Clerk
Los Angeles


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