Foundation Formed to Support Monrovia Parks and Recreation Programs

Much of the hillsides above Monrovia burned in the Bobcat Fire in September. | Photo courtesy of MPWR

Officials announced the formation of the Monrovia Parks, Wilderness and Recreation Foundation (MPWR) late last week. Because of the great need and recent events, the MPWR (formerly Monrovia Wilderness Preserve Foundation, Inc.), a 501(c3) independent foundation established in 2000, is revising and expanding its mission. The new mission is to support recreation and community programs, parks, facilities, and open spaces in Monrovia.

“Following the recent Bobcat Fire, we now know more than ever how spending time outdoors and in nature can be empowering (MPWRing),” said Edward Belden, MPWR director. “We are all mourning the loss of some of our beloved natural spaces and access to Canyon Park and the hillsides above Monrovia. We have an opportunity, as we have in the past, to rise from the ashes and support all of the important parks and open spaces in Monrovia by ensuring we have the resources, facilities and programs for the community to be MPWRed to thrive and come back stronger. Our new focus and energy will help us bring our natural resources back.”

MPWR is asking the public for support. Residents can help by joining or donating. Donations will go to support Canyon Park, the Hillside Wilderness Preserve, park improvements outlined in the adopted Monrovia Parks Master Plan, recreation programs and facilities or other community programs. To learn more or to give a tax-deductible donation, visit


  1. City needs to revitalize Recreation park with the addition of a paved bike loop similar to Lacy park. All the existing paths are barely rideable and have no consistency or are discontinuous with steps. Probably not current on ADA code either.


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