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Louis Robidoux Parkland & Pecan Grove reopens with new event

Jurupa Valley, CA- Following its untimely destruction during 2019’s “46 Fire,” all was quiet at the Louis Robidoux Parkland & Pecan Grove (LRPPG), formerly known as the Louis Robidoux Nature Center. Recent site improvements completed by the LRPPG Consortium, a collection of five local agencies dedicated to maintaining and reopening the property, laid crumbled in a heap of ash and debris. 

Louis Robidoux Nature Center Affected by 46 Fire in Jurupa Valley


Beloved Nature Center Destroyed. 


Early Thursday morning, a fire broke out within the Jurupa Valley, along the Santa Ana River between the 60 freeway and Van Buren.  The fire, dubbed the 46 Fire because it began on 46th Street, has burned over 300 acres (as of Thursday mid-morning).  Among the areas burned was the Louis Robidoux Nature Center site, including the old Nature Center building.  

Louis Rubidoux Nature Center to be Renovated and Reopened:

Five local partners commit to renovating the Jurupa site as part of long-term environmental education and habitat conservation efforts.

Five local stakeholders representing three counties have partnered to jointly renovate and reopen a beloved public space in Jurupa Valley.

The Louis Robidoux Nature Center includes 40 acres of open space and a 4,500 square foot building that is owned by the Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District (Park District).  In 2018, the Park District requested proposals for management services of the space, seeking an entity that could make multiple improvements to the site and then manage....

Jurupa Valley's Louis Robidoux Nature center getting new life

By Matt Kristofferson

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Boarded up, abandoned and befouled with graffiti, Jurupa Valley’s Louis Robidoux Nature Center is in rough shape.

Before it closed in early 2017 because of budget constraints and low attendance, the center boasted 40 acres of outdoor area and native wildlife around the Santa Ana River. The space is now littered with overgrowth, and its 4,500-square foot building, which once housed

live animals, a museum and a library, needs extensive repairs....

2 years after closing, Louis Robidoux Nature Center Jurupa Valley to reopen

By Leticia Juarez

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

JURUPA VALLEY, Calif. (KABC) -- It has been two years since the Louis Robidoux Nature Center has had a visitor come through its boarded-up doors or seen any schoolchildren set foot on the numerous trails along the Santa Ana River.
"It is pretty depressing when you look at it completely empty and there is nothing going on. We remember people able to bike and hike and just go around the trails," said Eric Rubalcava.
Two years ago, the nature center closed, but a plan is in place to restore...