The Bowtie - Rio de Los Angeles State Park

The Bowtie looking north. A paved road with industrial buildings in the background and the San Gabriel Mountains in the far distance.

About the Bowtie

Officially a part of Rio de Los Angeles State Park, the Bowtie parcel is an 18 acre strip of land located on the east bank of the Los Angeles River in north east Los Angeles. Historically, this property was part of Taylor Yard, the former headquarters of Southern Pacific Railroad. Once a bustling railyard and major local employer, Southern Pacific closed the facilities in the late 1980’s and began parceling the land for future sale. After rail operations shut down, advocates, including nonprofit organizations, community groups, and government agencies, all worked to ensure the land found its way into public hands with a vision to revitalize 100 acres of the area into publicly owned park space. This collective vision is managed by the 100 Acre Partnership.

In 2003, California State Parks bought the property called G-1, which is now referred to as “the Bowtie” (due to its shape), with the intent of transforming the currently undeveloped industrial land into a safe and clean, vibrant public green space focused on nature conservation and restoration, education, and providing opportunities for passive recreation.

Planning - What’s Next

2021 is a pivotal year for the Bowtie. With early planning efforts getting started for several projects on and adjacent to the Bowtie, California State Parks is launching a community listening and engagement process as a critical next step in moving the Bowtie vision forward. This effort will build upon and in coordination with past and ongoing engagement. We want to hear directly from residents about their wants, needs, and concerns when considering a new park in their neighborhood. The feedback will be used to inform and guide the design and advocate for the resources needed to make the park a reality.

Get Involved

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Please check back on this page for upcoming opportunities to provide feedback and input on the future of the Bowtie. Outreach and engagement will include community surveys, online meetings, and activations at the future park site. 

Thanks to everyone who completed our Bowtie community survey! We’ve compiled your feedback, please review the >Bowtie community summary results at this link. Soon we’ll be announcing details about our fall outreach schedule.

In the meantime, please leave feedback in our Summer Questionnaire. What is your vision of the Bowtie? Share with us here:
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The Bowtie and the 100 Acre Partnership

The Bowtie is part of the 100 Acre Partnership, an agreement between City and State agencies to collaborate on revitalizing 100 acres of the former Taylor Yard railyard into a contiguous public green space along the LA River. The 100 acres is comprised of:

  • Rio de Los Angeles State Park: A 40-acre State Park that opened in 2007 and co-managed by the City of Los Angeles and California State Parks
  • The Bowtie (G-1): 18-acre parcel owned by California State Parks
  • G2: A 42-acre property, with 12 acres owned by MRCA and 30 acres owned by the City of Los Angeles.
  • Paseo Del Rio: 100 Acre Partnership collaborative project which will provide for approximately one-mile of walking trail and greenway that will run along the river and across both the Bowtie and G-2 parcels.

100 acre overview map of the Bowtie areaMap of the Bowtie area and its part of a larger vision to create 100 acres of contiguous green space along the LA River.

Projects at the Bowtie

There are three planning efforts getting underway at the Bowtie. The respective project teams are working collaboratively to ensure a cohesive design across the site and coordinated community engagement efforts. The projects are:

The Bowtie 18 Acre Conceptual Design Project: This project will provide for a comprehensive overall conceptual design for the full 18 acres of the park. The vision will include natural habitat and passive recreation opportunities.
Project Team includes California State Parks, RADAR, Salt Landscape, and Clockshop.
Link to the 18 Acre Project Brochure [English | Spanish | Tagalog]

The Demonstration Project: The Nature Conservancy is leading a stormwater diversion and habitat restoration project on the Bowtie called The Demonstration Project. The project aims to create vital habitat and demonstrate how storm water quality can be improved by natural systems.
Project Team Includes California State Parks, The Nature Conservancy, and BlueGreen Consulting.
Link to the Demonstration Project Brochure [English | Spanish]  

Paseo del Rio: This project will create a walking trail and greenway along the river’s edge spanning both the Bowtie and G-2 parcels. This project is a collaborative effort by the 100 Acre Partnership.
Project Team includes California State Parks in collaboration with the City of Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering (BOE) and Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority (MCRA).
Link to Paseo del Rio Project Brochure [English | Spanish


The Bowtie looking south. A small, paved road with railroad tracks on the left and the Los Angeles River on the right.

Access to the Bowtie

Currently the Bowtie is not formally open to the public as it is still an undeveloped industrial site with no developed facilities or amenities.