In 2020, the City of Pico Rivera developed a community and economic recovery framework to proactively address major challenges introduced by COVID-19, the economic downturn, climate change, impacts from the Whittier Narrows Dam Safety Project, and multiple unfunded State and federal mandates. After further refinement, the framework evolved into what is now the Pico Rivera 2035: Community Revitalization Program (PR 2035), a modern-day renaissance designed to stimulate holistic, smart, equitable, and sustained long-term community development and economic growth.

PR 2035 is a strategic approach to accelerate a collection of innovative plans, programs, and projects along five priority corridors that are ripe for revitalization: Washington Boulevard, Rosemead Boulevard, Whittier Boulevard, the Rio Hondo, and the San Gabriel River. PR 2035 presents a unique opportunity to establish a formal yet dynamic downtown, a vibrant uptown, lively river fronts, and inspiring places that reflect the rich history, culture, and diversity of Pico Rivera.

Through intentional community partnerships, multi-agency collaboration, and coordinated actions, PR 2035 strives to advance regional, State, and federal goals while positioning the city to compound local resources with new public funding opportunities and private sector investments. PR 2035 also embraces emerging technology to modernize local government operations, enhance customer services, and to improve public participation in civic decision-making.

By thinking globally and acting locally, PR 2035 helps to ensure a more sustainable environment, resilient economy, proactive government, and a better quality of life for all, especially for future generations.

Simply put, PR 2035 is an open invitation to explore, imagine, and help refine the future Pico Rivera.


Pico Rivera 2035
Community Revitalization Program

Rio Hondo Bike Path & Recreation Zone

A partnership between the Cities of Pico Rivera, Montebello, and LA County to enhance the 570-acres Rio Hondo Coastal Spreading Grounds and Recreation Zone by contributing parks and open space, multi-use trails, native landscaping, educational interpretive signage, wildlife and habitat restoration, and extending the regional Class-I bikeway system while strengthening vital water conservation, recharge, and reclamation operations.

Riverfront Sports & Entertainment District

Pico Rivera is exploring the creation of a Riverfront Sports and Entertainment District to address severe economic impacts resulting from the federal Whittier Narrows Dam Safety Project, which will eliminate a critical access road to the nationally recognized and culturally iconic Pico Rivera Sports Arena. The 6,000-person facility will be rendered inoperable for its intended purpose including concerts, festivals, emergency training operations, and disrupt the strong Latino-entertainment niche held since the 1970’s.

Micro EV Tech Hub + Nucleus

Pico Rivera is pioneering efforts to establish the Southeast LA Micro EV Tech Hub + Nucleus, a national manufacturing hub that attracts, supports, and sustains a regional business cluster dedicated to the full product lifecycle of micro-electric vehicles, a subsector of the EV industry. The city aims to promote high-quality jobs in the green economy while stimulating a transition toward a healthier, more sustainable, multi-modal future.

Metro Light Rail & Downtown TOC

LA Metro is advancing the Eastside Transit Corridor, a 9-mile extension of the L (Gold) Line, with a station in Pico Rivera. In anticipation, the city is developing a Downtown Specific Plan to enable transit-oriented, mixed-use urban development, mixed-income housing, people-oriented placemaking, and a vibrant live-work-play community and regional destination.

RoseWood Bl. Complete Corridor

The Rosemead/Lakewood (RoseWood) Boulevard Complete Corridor Project is planning for a 26-mile multimodal corridor that incorporates high-quality active transportation facilities and dedicated bus guideways (where feasible). The project will improve regional mobility, enhancing safety for vulnerable road users, and stimulate transit-oriented community and economic development from the East Pasadena to Long Beach.

Commuter Rail Station

The intercity commuter rail corridor that connects Los Angeles Union Station to Anaheim and the Perris Valley in Riverside County currently runs through but does not stop in Pico Rivera. Metrolink, Amtrak and eventually CA High Speed Rail operate through this corridor. LA Metro has initiated a feasibility study to strategically plan and develop a new commuter rail station in Downtown Pico Rivera, integrating the city as part of the Southern California commuter railroad network.

Guiding Principles

PR 2035 is grounded by the following guiding principles:

Empower People

Through collective impact and collaborative governance, the City of Pico Rivera seeks to engage, educate, and empower a wide range of stakeholders to not only participate but fully integrate diverse perspectives, wants, and needs into the decision-making process.

Harness Change

Recognizing that change is inevitable allows for healthy and productive discourse that focuses on generating proactive solutions to the most pressing problems. Although some change is far outside the realm of human control, PR 2035 aims to embrace and harness change to ensure more desirable consensus-oriented outcomes.

Refine Community

PR 2035 is an unwavering commitment toward active progress, constant improvement, steady growth, positive advancements, and the equitable evolution of Pico Rivera. The future can’t be perfected, but it can certainly be refined.

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