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Welcome to Pico Rivera, California.
Pico Rivera is a city in southwestern Los Angeles County, situated around 11 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. The city is located in the southern edge of San Gabriel Valley, close to the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, as well as the Los Angeles International Airport. Spanning across approximately 9 square miles, Pico Rivera is home to around 63,000 people. The city lies below the Whittier Narrows, making it one of the Gateway Cities. The city of Pico Rivera was founded in 1958, as a result of the merger of the unincorporated areas of Pico and Rivera. Situated on the rich soils between Rio Hondo and the San Gabriel River, the area was once home to a thriving agricultural industry. At the end of WWII however, the demand for housing increased and builders began flocking to the attractive terrain. Since development began in the 1950s, Pico Rivera has been both residential and industrial, housing large entities such as the Ford Motor Company plant. Residents of Pico Rivera have access to several terrific parks and playgrounds, including the Smith Park on Rosemead Boulevard, Rivera Park on Shade Lane and Pico Park on Beverly Boulevard. Other public areas include the Rio Vista Park and the Stream Land Park, and in total the city boasts more than 120 acres of public recreational facilities. These include 18 athletic fields, two gymnasiums and four community centers. There is also a skate-park and several aquatic centers, as well as a nine-hole golf course called the Pico Rivera Municipal Golf Course. The course was built in 1965 as a place for public enjoyment, both for residents in Pico Rivera and those of surrounding communities, and measures 1,504 yards with practice facilities. Sports enthusiasts and others can enjoy numerous events at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena, where concerts, games and other events are held. Seniors are also well cared for in Pico Rivera, and the city recently launched a newly renovated senior center with a high-tech computer lab, a modern dance room, a fitness center and recreation opportunities like a billiard room. Other developments in the city includes the Pico Rivera Towne Center, an open-air shopping complex on Washington Boulevard, which features businesses like Starbucks, Walmart and Lowe's. There are several other places to go for shopping and dining as well, such as Pico Crossing, Pico Rivera Village Walk and Pico Rivera Market Place Shopping Center; all featuring a large number of national retailers, dining places and various service establishments.
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