The Louis Robidoux Parkland and Pecan Grove (LRPPG) is a 40-A property located along the Santa Ana River in unincorporated Riverside County. Prior to April of 2017, the property was managed by the Riverside County Parks and Open Space District (RCPOSD), during which time on-site features including a public trails system, historic pecan grove, Cahuilla grinding rocks, and the adjacent Sunnyslope Creek served as the backdrop for a suite of conservation-focused public education and outreach programming. In the spring of 2017, budget concerns forced closure of the Parkland (then known as the Louis Robidoux Nature Center), as RCPOSD searched for an alternative site manager able to reinitiate activities at the site.
Under that original agreement, the partners completed extensive rehabilitation of the then-existing education center on site; held community meetings to solicit public opinion on best next steps for the property; and created a series of long-term goals for return of site function and benefit focused on the surrounding community. Unfortunately, a fire on Halloween of 2019 stopped forward progress with extensive damage to the site, including complete destruction of the education center building.
In the fall of 2020, the same collaborative group was re-awarded the right to manage the renamed Louis Robidouix Parkland and Pecan Grove (LRPPG) for a period of 25 years with two optional fifteen year extensions. Since the contract update, partners have been working to advance individual and shared site goals within the common objective of return of site function and benefit to the community. Major areas of focus have included:
Removing dead and dying trees damaged by the 46 fire and replanting more than 60 native oak and sycamore trees adjacent to Sunnyslope Creek
Establishing a native garden and hedgerow on site with more than 150 locally grown species installed
Extensive pecan grove and site-wide tree surveying and documentation; preparing for September maintenance focused on increasing public safety and site tree health
Overall site infrastructure improvements: creating an on-site caretaker area; removing property trash; extending and repairing the Riverview Dr fence; adding an informational kiosk and side-wide signage and segments of protective fencing.
K-12 education development including pilot site field trip in the spring of 2022 with Patriot High School
Master Planning: soliciting bids for long-term community-led site planning, to result in prioritized actions over the next five and 25 year periods.
As of fall 2022, partner focus remains on site uplift and community involvement! Please check the home and events pages on this website for upcoming site events and volunteer opportunities. We have met many of the surrounding neighbors and look forward to meeting more of you and hearing your thoughts on best next steps for the site in the coming months.