Southern Californians have long lamented the destruction of the natural world caused by freeway construction. But in one community, freeway building resulted in the formation of a unique nature center. Back in the mid-1960s, during construction of the San Gabriel River/San Diego Freeway interchange, earth movers moved millions of cubic yards of earth. Thanks to conservationists, some of that earth was moved to form 800-acre El Dorado Regional Park and 80-acre El Dorado Nature Center. The park has wide lawns, ball fields and picnic areas. The Nature Center is a surprise—an oasis in the midst of the metropolis. Surely this land has undergone a strange evolution: from San Gabriel River floodplain to bean fields to freeway interchange to nature preserve. Only in Southern California!
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