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Monterey Park's Cascade Becoming Tourist Attraction

  • By David Barron

Monterey Park's Historic Cascade, a man-made water fall, is quickly becoming a photo stop for visitors, local resident and history buffs. The Cascade is in the midst of a $400,000 upgrade, thanks to a grant from Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District.

While work is still continuing, the Cascade falls are now lighted and can be seen for miles to the west. As a circulating pump moves water through the falls, colorful lights illuminate the water. Colors of red, green, blue, gold and combinations rotate with the use of new lights and a control system. On Presidents' day evening, visitors included nearby residents and people from Alhambra, East L.A. and Montebello. 

The Cascade was designed and constructed by Peter Snyder in 1928 as part of his Midwick View Estates promotion to sell plots of land in the nearby hillside areas. The El Encanto Historic Building was also part of the development.

The rehabilitation project includes electrical repairs and mechanical systems of the water fall. the waterfall pools have been re-plastered and tiles have been repaired or replaced. 

The next step of the project will be to replace steps on the walking paths on both sides of the Cascade. The concrete pavement at the viewpoint at the top of the falls is scheduled to be repaired.

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