Connecting river segments, creating public access and restoring native habitat - Coldwater Canyon and Whitsett Ave.. in Studio City
© Community Conservation Solutions 2008-2017


L.A. River Greenway Trail

Creating Public Access and Restoring Native Habitat

Coldwater Canyon to Whitsett Avenue, San Fernando Valley




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In The News

Community Conservation Solutions and the L.A. River Greenway Trail Project have been featured by

The L.A. Daily News, KCET, The Planning Report and Southern California Sustainable Living, L.A. Times



2017 River Champions!

CCS Honors L.A. City Councilmember José Huizar & the Water Foundation

Photo Credit: Richard Hartog

Photo Credit: Richard Hartog

Photo Credit: Richard Hartog

Photo Credit: Richard Hartog

For all photos from the 'Transforming the L.A. River in the Valley' event click here


2015 Tribal Blessing and Grounbreaking Ceremony

Click the image below to see the FULL photo album. Enjoy!

Photo Credit: Richard Hartog


Trail Named to Honor Former County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky

The Zev Yaroslavksy L.A. River Greenway Trail recognizes Zev's outstanding leadership in securing

nearly $500,000 for this cutting edge river project in Studio City


Click to see images

Photo Credit: Richard Hartog















Project Location








CCS celebrates CA River Parkways Grant with Secretary of Resources, John Laird





































L.A. County Regional Park and
Open Space District


Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy

CA Natural Resources Agency,
  River Parkways Program


CA Deptartment of Transportation,

  Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program



Anita Hirsh

Jacqueline Cohn




Community Conservation Solutions

L.A. County Department of Public Works


The Campizondo Foundation
  A donor advised fund of the U.S.    Charitable Gift Trust



  Family Foundation


Charles & Brenda Eddy

Matt Epstein & Jane Kaplan

Steven M. Murow

Marcy Kelly


Emily and Michael Laskin

Rita Taggart-Wexler


Mountains Recreation and
Conservation Authority


Studio City
Residents Association




Michael Brennan
California Sportfishing
  Protection Alliance
Campbell Hall School

Barry Campion

The Charitable Foundation

Chatten-Brown & Carstens

Laurie Cohn

Jim Crenshaw


Harvey Englander

 & Donna Black
Environment Now

FM3 Research: Fairbank, Maslin,  Maullin, Metz & Associates

Amanda Fairey

The Gaia Foundation

Joel Glucoft

Gonzalez Strategic Affairs

Granville Restaurants

Greenberg & Bass, LLP

Margot Griswold & LA Audubon

Lawrence & Sylvia Hartman

Harvard Westlake School

Steve & Pam Hirsh

Hollenbeck Palms

Retirement Community
Tammy Jerome
Keith Johnson
LA Sanitation
Land IQ
Roisin & Gary Laskin
Mia Lehrer & Associates
Norman, Judy and Geoffrey Millar
Picnic Design

Rick and Delia Rabins

Maggie Renzie & John Sayles
Yuki Morita & Cedric Scott

Seymour Consulting Group

Sportsmen's Lodge

Studio City Chamber
  of Commerce Foundation


Toi & Dana Treister

Union Bank Foundation

Vitello's Restaurant

VS2 Consulting
Weddington Golf and Tennis

Up to $1,000

Carrie Adelman
Alston & Bird LLP
Anthony Angellotti
Amy Armstrong
Doug Auzat Agency,
  State Farm Insurance
The Beautiful Women's Book Club
Ed Begley, Jr.
Sally Blowitz
Leni and Jon Boorstin
Annie Calkins & Dave Hunsaker
Carollo Engineers
Michael Cereseto
Conservation and Natural Resources
  Group, LLC
Patrick & Cindy Curran
Alan & Beth Dymond
James Edmondson
Ek, Sunkin, Klink & Bai
Norman Emerson
Phyllis Faber
Jules Feir

Steve & Mara Feig
Esther Feldman

Melvin Feldman
Judge Terry Friedman (Ret.)
Helen Giroux
Victor Griego
Diane Hart
Heal the Bay
Jeffrey B. Hirsch
Cynthia Hirschhorn
Adam Hirsh
Kirk Hoffman
Reed Holderman
Sara Horner
Cynthia Hubach
Tim Hyde
Howard & Alisa Katz
Mary Kopp
L.A. Dept. of Water & Power
Joe Laskin
Marsha Lewis
Adi Liberman
Marc Lipson
Chun Lu
Nancy McCready
Mercury, LLC
Ryan Mondillo
Liz Naftali
Natural Resources Defense Council
The Nature Conservancy
Alex Paxton
River LA
Rosenheim and Associates, Inc.
Dan Rothblatt

John Scholz & Anil Mohin
Ruthie Seroussi & Mike Newhouse
Mary Shallenberger
Mason Shefa
Gail Silverton
June Simmons
Helen Sklar
Louise & Melvyn Spain
Matthew Spain
Diane Talbert
Pierre Terrier
Trust for Public Land
Michael Tunick
Christ Twohy
USDA Forest Service,
  Angeles National Forest
Ramey Ward
Joe Weber
Bill Wright & Deborah Bird

Laura Zucker



About the L.A. River Greenway Trail & Habitat Restoration


Providing Public Access to the L.A. River

  • Create half-mile walking trail to bridge the gap between existing trail segments
  • Bridge the gap between existing sections of trail to create three continuous miles of L.A. River Greenway Trail
  • Install L.A. River-themed entry gate
  • Provide ample parking by linking to nearby 391-car public garage located on the river
  • Link to public transit via adjacent bus stop and Metro station within biking distance
  • Install river viewing and shaded seating area

Restoring Native Habitat- See all 40 species here

  • Restore a native ecosystem of natural habitats
  • Plant over 4,000 native trees, shrubs and plants
  • Remove old, non-native trees
  • Improve water quality by establishing a native forest with extensive root systems
  • Create an interpretive Native Habitat Walk and River Viewing Area











































































































After - L.A. River Greenway Trail


After - L.A. River Greenway Trail



Gulf Fritillary


Vicinity Map of Project Site


California Wild Rose


About the Problem

The Gap in the L.A. River Greenway Trail
The L.A. River Greenway Trail links two other sections of river trail to create three miles of continuous river walking trail in the San Fernando Valley. The L.A. River flows for 51 miles, but only about half of the entire length is available to residents for walking, running, or cycling. This project continues the goal of making the entire L.A. River accessible.


Degraded Condition of Project Site
This half mile section of the L.A. River was in very poor condition. It was barren, unsightly and lined with non-native vegetation. It was dominated by old eucalyptus trees, which acidify the soil around them prevent other plans from growing. When CCS began this project, there was high amount of bank erosion, exacerbated by the large numbers of eucalyptus, which prevent the development of stabilizing root structures that would otherwise be provided by understory shrubs, plants and a rich complex of native and tree canopy.

Park-Poor Area Needs Open Space
This degraded and closed section of the L.A. River prevents continuous public access to the L.A. River Trail in the park-poor and densely-populated San Fernando Valley. Green open space is desperately needed here, where there is less than one acre of accessible parkland per 1,000 people, and where there are very limited areas in which to walk, jog, slow down and escape from the congestion and pressures of living in one of the most populated cities in the United States.


There is less than one acre of accessible parkland per 1,000 people within three miles of the
L.A. River Greenway Trail

Mitigating Environmental Impacts from Widening of 405 Freeway
CCS' L.A. River Greenway and Habitat Restoration Project mitigates some of the impacts of the widening of the I-405 freeway, which removed 37 acres of habitat, including 115 mature native trees, numerous shrubs and other native habitat that support resident and migratory nesting birds.


Environmental Impacts from Widening of 405 Freeway
CCS' L.A. River Greenway and Habitat Restoration Project will mitigate some of the impacts of the 405 freeway widening. The 405 freeway widening project is removing 37 acres of vegetation, including 115 mature native trees, numerous shrubs and other native habitat that support resident and migratory nesting birds. Fuel modification zones that will be required for fire protection purposes will result in additional removal of native vegetation and disturbance to wildlife habitat and wildlife corridors. 




About the CCS Solution


In close collaboration with the community and public agencies, and with funding from individuals and multiple public sources, CCS transformed this section of the L.A. River into a beautiful, unpaved scenic trail and natural habitat, connecting segments of the L.A. River Trail. With the help of a talented team, CCS created over two acres of restored natural habitat and green open space, providing a badly-needed natural oasis in which to walk and exercise.


Connecting Trail Segments along the L.A. Rive and Link to Public Parking Garage
The L.A. River Greenway Trail links river trails between Coldwater Canyon Ave. to Fulton Ave. and to Laurel Grove, creating three continuous miles of river trail. The site also provides easy public access to the L.A. River by both public transit and car, with a bus stop a few yards away, a Metro line within biking distance, and a nearby 391-car public parking garage 400 yards downstream


Restore Native Habitat and Beautify the Site
The L.A. River Greenway's conservation elements include:

  • Native habitat restoration reflecting the natural diversity of the area
  • Native habitat walk
  • Planting of over 3,000 native trees, large shrubs and plants
  • Removal of old, non-native trees that are damaging to the environment
  • Mitigation of negative impacts due to I-405 widening
  • The extensive root systems of native trees and plants will help reduce erosion and sediment-loading in the L.A. River
  • This project will sequester over 300,000 pounds of carbon in the first 20 years.

Increase Green Open Space and Improve Public Health
The communities surrounding this project need green open space. There are nearly 200,000 people living within three miles of the project site. There are 3,500 youth per square mile; youth under the age of 18 make up 26% of this population, while seniors make up 10%. This project’s associated public use amenities will improve public health by encouraging physical activity on a joint-friendly, non-paved surface, in a quiet, natural and attractive location that provides respite from the pressures of city living and urban congestion.


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