Urban Orchard
Los Angeles | California

What We’re Doing
Working with community members to design and create a multibenefit park and green infrastructure project in South Gate—a community in Southeast L.A. (SELA).  

Our Goal
Provide a quality park within a 10-miunute walk of the South Gate community and ensure Urban Orchard honors and supports its residents. 

Urban Orchard by the Numbers
7
acres renovated for public use
30
30 long-term job opportunities for underserved youth
200
fruit trees nourishing the community
32M
gallons of polluted water cleaned through wetlands and reused on-site
A 30-Acre Nature-Filled Park Takes Root
About This Project
  • Project Timeline

    2016 – Community Outreach Begins 

    2016 – First Funding Committed 

    2017 – Design Development Kicks Off 

    2019 – Participatory Action Research Paper Published 

    2021 – Urban Orchard Breaks Ground 

    2023 – Expected Park Opening 

  • Planting a Fruitful Future for Los Angeles

    Once construction is complete, the South Gate Urban Orchard will welcome the community with a fruit orchard, playground, pathways, and plenty of space to gather, exercise, and hang out. Meanwhile, a restored wetland and green infrastructure will improve water quality and fish habitat, making this park a link in the chain of restoration projects taking place in communities along the river’s course. 

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  • TPL and research partners have facilitated a Participatory Action Research project to understand the risk of gentrification and displacement in the communities surrounding the Urban Orchard.  Findings and recommendations can help guide the city on strategies that best position existing residents to benefit from these developments while promoting economic growth and prosperity in the area.

    Download Urban Orchard: Investment without Displacement

    Urban Orchard Overall Concept

    Urban Orchard Playground and Amenities

Get in Touch With Our California Team
Los Angeles Office

135 West Green Street
2nd Floor
Pasadena, CA, 91105
(323) 223-0441
losangeles@tpl.org

Sacramento Office

1107 9th Street
Suite 1050
Sacramento, CA, 95814
(916) 557-1673
sacramento@tpl.org

San Francisco Office

101 Montgomery Street
Suite 900
San Francisco, CA, 94104
(415) 495-4014
sanfrancisco@tpl.org

Vice President Pacific Region, California State Director

415-800-5267
california@tpl.org