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A sign that reads "Montebello Parklets" in front of people sitting and standing at the parklet.

Montebello Pilots ‘Parklets’ on Historic Whittier Blvd  

Demonstration ‘parklet’ grant opening in front of BLVD MRKT in downtown Montebello (Photo: Alex Gillman, City of Montebello)

Downtown Montebello cut the ribbon on a parklets demonstration project May 2nd as part of a series of ‘Slow Streets’ projects made possible by Metro Los Angeles, in partnership with the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments and ActiveSGV.

The temporary, “Montebello Parklets” project consists of expanded space for outdoor dining in front of three businesses in downtown Montebello. A parklet is an expansion of the sidewalk into the street. Parklets can create a more lively community space by introducing new streetscape features such as seating, planting, or elements of play. Parklets also encourage pedestrian activity, which is especially beneficial in areas that lack sufficient sidewalk width or access to public space.

The demonstration period will last 6-9 months, after which time the City will review feedback received from the public and local businesses, and determine next steps. Demonstration materials procurement, public engagement, and evaluation is being led by ActiveSGV.

ActiveSGV staff fill new planters along Whittier Blvd in downtown Montebello (Photo: Wes Reutimann)

The project is the latest ‘quick-build’ of an array of “Slower, Safer SGV” demonstration projects across the San Gabriel Valley facilitated by ActiveSGV and the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments. Over the next six months the Cities of Baldwin Park, El Monte, and South Pasadena are expected to follow suit with their own temporary projects.

Montebello residents and visitors will be able to experience the new design for at least a few months, and provide feedback by taking the project survey.

May 2nd Ribbon Cutting in front of BLVD MRKT (Photo: Alex Gillman, City of Montebello)
Residents and visitors can experience the parklet for at least a few months. (Photo: Dale Zapata)
Aerial view of the newly installed parklet. (Photo: Dale Zapata)

Active San Gabriel Valley (ActiveSGV) is a community-based organization committed to realizing a more sustainable, equitable San Gabriel Valley, and the lead organizer of 626 Golden Streets. ActiveSGV offers a wide array of FREE year-round programming, including the SGV Bicycle Education Center (bike skills park, bike safety/repair classes) and physical activity programming (e.g., yoga classes, community rides). For more information please visit:

The San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG) is a regional government planning agency that aims to maximize the quality of life in the San Gabriel Valley. A joint powers authority consisting of 31 incorporated cities and unincorporated communities, the SGVCOG is the largest and most diverse sub-regional council of governments in Los Angeles County, encompassing more than 374 square miles and serving more than 2 million residents. For more information please visit: