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The Willowbrook Walking Path

Compton Creek is a major tributary of the Los Angeles River. The stream drains a watershed of 42.1 square miles and is the last major tributary to enter the Los Angeles River before it enters the Pacific Ocean. The stream begins just east of South Main Street between 107th and 108th Streets in Los Angeles. Compton Creek passes through Willowbrook and runs 8.5 miles in total.

This is a home to most common species of birds found in urbanized LosAngeles which include: crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos), pigeons (Columba livia), mourning doves (Zenaida macroura), house finch (Carpodacus mexicanus), northern mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos), California towhee (Piplio crissalis),and scrub jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens). A number of wintering birds also utilize the area during migration including Townsend’s warbler (Dendroica townsendi), yellow-rumped warbler (Dendroica coronata), lesser goldfinch (Carduelis psaltria), white-throated swifts (Aeronautes saxatalis), and cliff swallows (Hirundo pyrrhonota). Along with the raptors, lizards have adapted quite well to this urban environment. Species that could be present within this urban setting include: side-blotched lizard (Uta stansburiana), western fence lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis), and Southern alligator lizard (Gerrhonotus multicarinatus).


Site Improvements

1. Improve water quality - by adding a rip-rap swale to capture debris, and treat run-off before it enters the stream.

2. Enhance wildlife - by adding vegetation along the right-of-way needed to support the habitat species with food, nesting, and cover vegetation

3. Contribute to the overall improvement of the visual character of the neighborhood and provide areas of shade along the Creek by adding large climate appropriate trees

  • New Paving 
  • Mile Markers 
  • Educational Signage 
  • Ornamental Entry Gates and Fencing 
  • New River Rock Rip Rap Swale
  • New Shade Trees and Irrigation 
  • New Riparian Grasses and Irrigation