Las Flores Canyon Creek & Park Restoration

Project Overview

The Las Flores Canyon Creek Restoration and Park Project (Project) is on 6.7 acres of land acquired by the City in an area that had been devastated by a major landslide in 1984 and wildfires in 1993. The disasters caused mud and debris flow that left the land destabilized and the debris-filled creek susceptible to further serious flooding.

 The Project restored the creek and preserved the natural area, created a new public park, and helped prevent future flooding.

Phase I

The first phase of the Project, completed in 2008, included most of the park construction and major repairs to restore Las Flores Creek, including:

  • Playground surface and equipment
  • More than 1/3 miles of walking trails
  • Picnic area
  • Preservation and naturalization work on Las Flores Creek through planting of over 45 varieties of native plant species
  • Interpretive signage

Phase 2

The second phase, completed in January 2016, consisted of improvements intended to provide additional park amenities, greater ease of access, and increased safety for park visitors and adjacent neighborhoods:

  • New, prefabricated restroom facilities
  • Pedestrian bridge connecting the park on Las Flores Canyon Road to the existing parking lot on Rambla Pacifica Road
  • Emergency supply storage to support residents in eastern Malibu during a disaster

Project Funding

More than 2/3 of the over $4 million project cost was funded by grants from the California Natural Resources Agency and State Department of Water Resources, with the balance coming from the City of Malibu.