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The Colorado Lagoon restoration improvements focus on water quality and habitats for vegetation that will make the lagoon cleaner for all, according to Long Beach Mayor Robert Gracia.

Courtesy Garcia’s office

This past weekend, Long Beach celebrated the reopening of the Colorado Lagoon. Along with the El Dorado Nature Center’s new entry and the latest phase of the Colorado Lagoon Restoration Project, we are highlighting our city’s dedication to valuing nature and providing access for our community.
The Colorado Lagoon restoration improvements focus on water quality and habitats for vegetation that will make the lagoon cleaner for all. It’s thanks to the hard work of Congressman Alan Lowenthal, Councilwoman Suzie Price, the Friends of the Colorado Lagoon, the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy and other community supporters that this restoration was made possible.
Specific improvements on the Lagoon include:
• Installation of a new decomposed granite walking trail
• Pedestrian bridge upgrades
• Reclaimed water irrigation system
• Replanting with native species
• A vegetated bioswale to assist with the removal of pollution from surface runoff water
We’ve made major strides improving the Colorado Lagoon over the past few years, and these latest enhancements will help return the lagoon back to its glory days. The restoration of this historic area will benefit future generations who are learning to understand and appreciate the wetlands.
The El Dorado Nature Center entry project provides an enhanced arrival experience and increased functionality as well as improves accessibility to the Nature Center. Thanks to Councilman Daryl Supernaw and the many volunteers that made this project happen.
The improvements include:
• A new monument sign visible from Spring Street
• A new gateway including a separate entrance for tour groups
• Walkways that represent the San Gabriel River watershed that surrounds the Nature Center
• Enhanced interior signage
• A new amphitheater with seating for 80 for educational sessions and special events
• A children’s exploration area
• Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant pedestrian bridge connecting to the Nature Center building and trails
•Upgraded drainage and lighting
El Dorado Nature Center is truly a historic place that has been connecting people and nature for more than 48 years. This beautiful new entryway and plaza add more function and flexibility and foster a sense of respect, understanding and stewardship of the natural world.
I want to thank our amazing staff at Public Works and Parks, Recreation & Marine for their hard work in making these improvements a reality. I hope you get a chance to visit both the Colorado Lagoon and El Dorado Nature Center soon.

Robert Garcia
Mayor
Long Beach

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