Natural History Museum
Vista Hermosa Natural Park is a 10-acre “Window to the Mountains” in urban Los Angeles. Meaning “beautiful view,” Vista Hermosa brings nature to a hillside neighborhood which had little. Community workshops shaped the park’s programming to include an informal “grotto,” an adventure play area, a system of trails, picnic areas, an open meadow, and sports field. The park’s sculpted topography retains, treats, and captures 95% of rainwater that falls on the site in a system that includes permeable paving, green roofs, a grassy meadow, vegetated swales, and a 30,000-gallon cistern that supplies irrigation for the park. The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority uses the park to teach community members and area children about the native Southern California landscape.
Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy/Los Angeles Unified School District