Take A Stroll in the Gardena Willows Wetland Preserve

Video Provided by Friends of Gardena Willows Wetland Preserve

Savor the sights and sounds of autumn by taking a stroll on the newly renovated walking path at the Gardena Willows Wetland Preserve.

With an $85,000 grant from Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, the Los Angeles Conservation Corps made various improvements to the 0.75-mile long perimeter trail in the 13.6-acre preserve.

“Right in the middle of an urban city, filled with cars, pavement, and concrete, sits this incredibly unique and well-preserved treasure,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said. “We must maintain it, celebrate it and showcase it in the appropriate manner.”

_DFA2801“The renovated path will make sure that all visitors are able to walk safely and enjoy the wetlands without adversely affecting the natural habitat and native flora and fauna,” he added. “It is very important that we all tread lightly in the wetlands.”

Gardena Willows Wetland Preserve is unique in that it offers people a view of how this area looked before it was settled,” said Cheral Sherman, vice president of Friends of the Gardena Willows, which maintains the preserve and organizes docent-led tours, monthly strolls and other activities

“We feel strongly that it should be accessible to as many folks as possible,” she added. “With the new path, which is much wider and smoother than the old path, even visitors with restricted mobility can enjoy the Preserve.”

Located behind Arthur Johnson Park, formerly South Gardena Park, the preserve is the remnant of an ancient watershed. About two-thirds of its acreage is upland, while the rest is wetland. The native vegetation provides a habitat for various insects, amphibians, reptiles and birds.

Those interested in taking a walk through the Gardena Willows Wetland Preserve can come on the second Sunday of every month, from 1-4pm. Wear sturdy walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen and insect repellant.

For more information visit www.gardenawillows.org.