Welcome to the Riverside Gateway Parks!

The Riverside Gateway Parks project will develop Park Master Plans for sites along the Santa Ana River Trail in Riverside, California. Once complete, these sites will contribute to the Santa Ana River Parkway and Open Space system, a regional vision for a trail and greenway along the Santa Ana River.


The master planning process includes site inventory and analysis, community outreach, conceptual site design and grading, and California Environmental Quality Act compliance.

The project’s goals align with the City’s Envision Riverside 2025 strategic plan’s “Arts, Culture and Recreation” priority, which is to provide diverse community experiences and personal enrichment opportunities for people of all ages. Specifically, goal 1.3 is to improve parks, recreational amenities, open space and trail development. This project increases recreational opportunities, educational use, public access, water quality protection, enhancement of wildlife habitat, creates a green gateway to the river, creates a recreation destination, and supports economic opportunities.

The master plan portion of the Riverside Gateway Parks project is funded through a Coastal Conservancy Grant in the amount of $2,025,000 and a City match of $390,000 of development impact fees.

Construction dates are contingent upon successfully getting grant funding. Having the master planning, community outreach, and CEQA completed is preparation for submitting more competitive grant applications. Some construction grant funding was attained by the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District, our project partners for Camp Evans, so that site will likely be the first to be at least partially constructed with habitat improvements.

Please see response to #4 above.

The parks will be maintained by the Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department using City general funds.  At Camp Evans, maintenance of the habitat areas will be maintained though the joint powers authority to be created as part of the Upper Santa Ana River Habitat Conservation Plan.

The City’s Park and Neighborhood Specialist (PANS) program is a new non-sworn classification within the Riverside Police Department, to provide a civilian response to concerns and issues in city parks, park facilities, wilderness trails, and adjacent neighborhoods. At Camp Evans, the joint powers authority will fund part-time Riverside County park rangers to patrol the habitat areas. In addition, the City’s Office of Homeless Solutions develops public and private partnerships and provides direct outreach services that coordinates services directed towards reducing and preventing homelessness by providing a wide-range of services and resources for homeless persons and increasing permanent supportive housing opportunities for very low income and long-term homeless persons to end their homelessness in the City of Riverside.

In addition to the PANS program discussed in #7, site design will incorporate concepts of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). The four main elements of CPTED are: natural surveillance and visibility, lighting, territorial reinforcement and space delineation, and natural access control.

Park features will be selected based on community input in conjunction with environmental site analysis.

For additional information on these sites, opportunities to provide input, and ongoing project updates, please call 951-228-0022 or email [email protected].



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Past Events

October 27, 2021 at 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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Riverside Gateway Virtual Workshop #2

February 2, 2022 at 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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Workshop #3

April 13, 2022 at 6:00 pm

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Parks and Rec Commission Meeting

July 18, 2022 at 6:30 pm

You may attend in-person at the Art Pick Council Chamber, or online at www.RiversideCA.gov/Meeting or www.WatchRiverside.com.

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Join us at the Park and Recreation Commission meeting in person

September 19, 2022 at 6:30 pm

Riverside City Hall
Art Pick Council Chambers
3900 Main Street
Riverside, CA 92522

Or there are two ways you can participate virtually:

Call (669) 900-6833 and enter Meeting ID: 926 9699 1265
Press star 9 (9) to request to speak. Individuals in the queue will be prompted press star 6 (6) to unmute and speak.

Use the following link: https://zoom.us/j/92696991265
Select the “raise hand” function to request to speak.
An on-screen message will prompt you to “unmute” and speak.

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World Rivers Day

September 24, 2022 at 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Martha McLean Park

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Safety, Wellness, and Youth Committee meeting

February 15, 2023 at 1:00 pm

In person at City Hall – Art Pick Council Chamber, 3900 Main Street, Riverside, or View Virtual Meeting at www.RiversideCA.gov/Meeting or www.WatchRiverside.com.  Report will be available online at https://riversideca.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx

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Let us know your ideas for the Riverside parks sites we’ve reviewed so far! You can review the Master Plan and Site Analysis documents below, and can watch the recordings for Workshop #1 and #2 for more information. Then, click on the Jamboard links to leave your comments and design ideas!

Camp Evans 

Loring Park

Carlson Park and St Francis Falls

Martha McLean Anza Narrows Park – Updated Master Plan

Jurupa Avenue Trailhead – Updated Master Plan

Tequesquite North – Updated Master Plan

Tequesquite South – Updated Master Plan

Santa Ana Greenway – Updated Master Plan


Master Plans
Tequesquite Sites and Santa Ana River Greenway Master Plan
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Martha McLean Park and Jurupa Avenue Trailhead Master Plan
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Camp Evans Master Plan
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Camp Evans Design Narrative
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Loring Park Master Plan
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Loring Park Design Narrative
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St Francis Falls Master Plan
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St Francis Falls Design Narrative
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Site Analysis
Overall Analysis
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Camp Evans Analysis
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Loring Park Analysis
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St Francis Falls Analysis
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Santa Ana River Greenway Analysis
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Tequesquite North Analysis
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Tequesquite South Analysis
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Martha McLean Anza Narrows Park Analysis
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Jurupa Avenue Trailhead Analysis
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Virtual Workshops
Riverside Gateway Community Workshop #3
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Riverside Gateway Community Workshop #2
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Riverside Gateway Power Point
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Call: (951) 228-0022

Email: [email protected]