December 6, 2019, LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced $3.55 million in state grants to help improve pedestrian, cyclist, and equestrian access to the L.A. River and support its wildlife habitat.
“The L.A. River is central to our city’s history — and our investments now will ensure that it’s a natural treasure far in the future,” said Mayor Garcetti. “These grants will allow us to restore river habitat, give Angelenos better access to the outdoors, add new places to walk and bike, and advance our vision of sustainability in the heart of our city.”
Mayor Garcetti led a group of local and state partners to compete for — and win — two separate grants to strengthen our river.
The first award secures $2.2 million from the California Natural Resources Agency to the Bureau of Engineering for a 2.2-mile, multi-use path along the North Atwater East Bank Riverway, between Los Feliz Boulevard and the 134 Freeway. When complete, this project will be part of a six-mile loop linking pedestrians, cyclists, and equestrians with jobs, local parks, and transit stops — all connected to the North Atwater Multi-Modal Bridge, the future bridges over the Verdugo Wash, and the banks of the river between the Glendale RiverWalk and Ferraro Fields.
The second grant will bring $1.35 million from the California Wildlife Conservation Board to the Council for Watershed Health to support wildlife habitat within 4.5 miles of the river and fund a new proposal for infrastructure improvements that will help increase fish populations and foster a more diverse, robust ecosystem in the channel.
Mayor Garcetti has led the City’s efforts to revitalize the L.A. River by transforming it from a concrete flood channel into a natural space — creating more parks, bike paths, and open space for recreational use. To advance this work, Mayor Garcetti has spurred the development and construction of several future bridges that connect communities to the river, including the Sixth Street Viaduct replacement, the North Atwater Multimodal Bridge, and the Red Car Pedestrian Bridge.
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