BEFORE: Olivia Canyon (formerly 47th Street Canyon) in City Heights in 2009, filled with the incredibly invasive species, Giant Reed (Arundo donax).
AFTER: Olivia Canyon in 2017 after volunteers and staff spent years removing and killing the invasive species and building new trails in the canyon. See large eucalyptus tree for reference.
BEFORE: Auburn Creek in City Heights in 2014 filled with trash and invasive species. This area experienced fires and criminal activity, making it unsafe for the adjacent Somali refugee community, Bandar Salaam,
AFTER: Auburn Creek in 2016 after SDCL partnered with Community Housing Works (CHW) and community members to transform the area. SDCL led the charge to restore the creek area while CHW upgraded the adjacent Bandar Salaam housing community.
BEFORE: Swan Canyon in City Heights in 2007 filled with trash and invasive plants. This is directly adjacent to Hamilton Elementary School.
AFTER: Swan Canyon in 2013 after extensive habitat restoration and trail installation conducted by SDCL and Ocean Discovery Institute. See brown Parks & Recreation sign for reference.