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Trails and Open Space Program

Since 2010, the City of Glendale’s Trails and Open Space program has been funded by the Glendale Parks & Open Space Foundation.  Due to budget cuts caused by the economic downturn, the City’s Community Services & Parks Department does not fund the program except for a limited amount of staff time each week.  The current Trails and Open Space program consists of six elements:  the Restoration Program, Interpretive Program, Trail Maintenance Crew, Trail Safety Patrol, the Iris Gardeners and the GO! (Glendale Outdoors!) Program.

Restoration Program

The Restoration Program was the first program to be implemented and had its origins after the Station Fire which burned more than 700 acres in Deukmejian Wilderness Park.  Over one hundred Big Cone Spruce, Coast Live Oaks, and Western Sycamores have been planted since 2010 in the lower reaches of the park.  The Department established the “Third Saturday Wilderness Workday” - held every third Saturday of the month – and invited members of the community to plant trees, water trees, and remove invasive species from the park.  The response was tremendous.  This program has become enormously popular with church groups, community organizations, Boy and Girl Scouts, and students from Clark Magnet and Crescenta Valley High Schools.

Last year a similar workday program was added to the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk, usually on the second Saturday of every month.

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Interpretive Programs

Our Interpretive Programs are led by certified interpretive guide, Jeff Weinstein, whose work is funded by the Glendale Parks & Open Space Foundation.  Each year, we reach out to local experts in the community who have a desire to conduct programs or lead hikes.  In 2013, for example, local residents conducted outstanding programs on the History of Winemaking in the Crescenta Valley, the medicinal use of native plants in the park, bird watching and photography, and the geology of the San Gabriel Mountains.

Last year a similar workday program was added to the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk, usually on the second Saturday of every month.

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Trail Maintenance Crew

Our Trail Maintenance Crew is a hearty band of local residents, several of whom have been building trails in Deukmejian Park for years.  After the Station Fire and the rains that followed, the trails in Deukmejian were virtually destroyed and many sections were in dangerous condition.  This group has diligently restored all of the Rim of the Valley and Crescenta View Trails, realigning dangerous trail areas, widening the trails in some spots, and making them safe and enjoyable for all users.  This year they completed work on the new “Vineyard Trail” which leads hikers across Dunsmore Creek and up the east side of the canyon to the area where the Le Mesnager family had their vineyards during the early 20th century.

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Trail Safety Patrol

The Trail Safety Patrol was launched in February 2013 with sixteen community volunteers operating in Hike and Mountain Bike units.  The purpose of the TSP is to assist

Community Services & Parks staff and other City professionals in protecting and maintaining the safety of park and open space visitors and resources; to educate park and open space visitors about resources, programs, and regulations; and to observe and report damage, unsafe conditions, and police, fire and medical emergencies.  The program is a collaboration with the Glendale Police and Fire Departments.

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Iris Gardeners

We also have a small group of dedicated women we refer to as the Iris Gardeners.  These women, working on their hands and knees, pull weeds and tend to the beds that are planted with native iris plants in the landscaped areas of Deukmejian Wilderness Park.  We don’t know why they enjoy this back-breaking work.  We’re just glad they do.

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Glendale Outdoors! (GO!) Program

Earlier this year, Trails and Open Space offered the first Glendale Outdoors! (GO!) Program, a nature education program for children between the ages of eight and twelve.  Working with our community centers at Pacific and Maple Parks, the program takes kids from those neighborhoods to Deukmejian Park for a morning of outdoor games, nature crafts, interpretive hikes, and environmental education.  Once again, this program is fully funded by the Glendale Parks & Open Space Foundation.  

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The Department and the Foundation are actively seeking volunteers to help out with the Restoration Program, Interpretive Program, Trail Maintenance Crew, Trail Safety Patrol, and the Iris Gardeners.  For further information call (818) 548-3795.