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Green Action

Find out about our Green Action Plan.

Urban Nature

Preservation, expansion, and protection of our open spaces are of the utmost importance in maintaining the quality of life for Riverside residents.


The parks system is comprised of 51 parks totaling 2,500 acres. Riverside was recognized by the American Public Power Association (APPA) with the Golden Tree Award. The award recognizes municipal utilities that have planted at least one tree per customer (111,000).

To guarantee Riverside remains a green city, we must continue to plant trees and preserve park and natural habitat for future generations.

Goal 11

Ensure that 90% of City residents have access to a park, recreational or public open space within half a mile of home.

  1. Strengthen the City’s existing trail inventory while providing a 75% increase of passive recreation and multi-use trails by 2015.
  2. Coordinate trail connections with the County of Riverside as opportunities arise.
  3. Ensure that there is an accessible park, recreational or public open space within a 1/2 mile of 90% of City residents by 2015.
  4. Create a City park/recreation/open space map.

Goal 12

Increase the City’s urban forest.

  1. Plant at least 1,000 trees in City parks and right-of-ways annually.
  2. Encourage the planting of at least 3,000 shade trees on private property annually.

Goal 13

Provide non-accessible open space areas for the protection of natural habitat that also provides green space buffers that add to the City’s viewshed for the enjoyment of all residents.

  1. Inventory and map areas currently preserved as open space easements under recorded maps and add to community map.
  2. Acquire 200 acres of open space lands for use as passive parks by 2015.
  3. Continue to partner with the Riverside Conservation Agency to implement the Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan (MSHCP).