This half-mile stretch of the L.A. River is between Coldwater Canyon and Whitsett Blvd. in Studio City,
adjacent to the proposed L.A. River Natural Park Site.
Community Conservation Solutions 2008-2015
CCS Awarded $2 Million in State and County Grants
Project Team & Partners
Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority
L.A. County DPW & Flood Control District
Community Conservation Solutions
Mia Lehrer and Associates
VCA Engineers Inc.
Nakae & Associates
Owen Gabbert Designs
L.A. Conservation Corps
Save L.A. River Open Space
About the L.A. River Greenway Trail & Habitat Restoration
This degraded and closed section of the L.A. River prevents continuous public access to nearly three miles of existing L.A. River Greenway Trail in the park-poor and densely-populated San Fernando Valley, and is planted with old, non-native trees that
provide very poor natural habitat.
Transform this barren, closed section of the L.A. River into a scenic trail and natural habitat area to bridge the gap in the River Trail, creating three continuous miles to walk and escape the pressures of urban living. Help restore a sustainable native forest along the L.A. River by planting over 4,000 native trees and plants.This section of the river is adjacent to the proposed L.A. River Natural Park site.
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 the L.A. River Greenway 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
- 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
Example of new tree planting
CCS will work with Save L.A. River Open Space to host community planting days
Native Habitat Restoration Plan
The L.A. River Greenway Trail is adjacent to the proposed L.A. River Natural Park
Example of river-themed gates
Open Park Space
L.A. River Greenway Trail Project Entry Gate
This hand-wrought river-themed entry gate will be a signature landmark for Studio City that will bring the river to life
About the Problem
The Gap in the L.A. River Greenway Trail
The L.A. River Greenway Trail will link to two other sections of river trail that are located just upstream and just downstream to create three miles of continuous 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 is in very poor condition. It is barren, unsightly and lined with non-native vegetation. It is dominated by old eucalyptus trees, which acidify the soil around and beneath them and thus prevent all other plans from growing. There is also a high volume of bank erosion at the project site, and this is exacerbated by the large numbers of eucalyptus, which prevent the development of stabilizing root structures that would otherwise be provided by understory plants.
No Public Access and Unsafe Conditions
This section of the L.A. River is closed to the public and has no public use elements. There are no areas or benches to sit and enjoy the L.A. River. Existing fencing along the river's edge is inadequate and unsafe.
Park-Poor Area Needs Open Space
This degraded and closed section of the L.A. River prevents continuous public access to nearly three miles of existing segments of 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 project site.
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
CCS will transform this barren, closed section of the L.A. River into a scenic trail and natural habitat area to walk, and escape the pressures of urban living. Community involvement is an integral part of this process and CCS will conduct community planning meetings during the design phase and organize community volunteers for planting during construction.
Bridge the Gap in the L.A. River Greenway Trail
The L.A. River Greenway Trail will link to the section of river trails that exist north of Coldwater Canyon and between Whitsett Blvd and Laurel Grove to create three continuous miles of publicly accessible river trail. The site location also provides easy regional 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, a nearby 391-car public parking garage and two freeway off-ramps less than one mile away.
Restore Native Habitat and Beautify the Site
The L.A. River Greenway Trail Project's conservation elements will include:
- Native habitat restoration reflecting the natural diversity of the area
- Native habitat walk in the public use area
- Planting of over 4,000 native trees, large shrubs and plants
- Removal of old, non-native trees that are damaging to the environment
- Removal of greenhouse gasses
- The extensive and deep root systems of native trees and plants will help reduce erosion and sediment-loading in the L.A. River
This will help the area to re-establish a native ecosystem which includes a broad diversity of trees, shrubs, and plants. These long-lived native trees will help provide natural cooling by lessening the heat island effect. CCS will restore a sustainable native forest that can maximize uptake of carbon, providing critical wildlife habitat and wildlife linkages, creating a regional community amenity and extending the existing L.A. River Greenway. Overall, this project will sequester over 300,000 pounds of carbon in the first 20 years.
Site concept plan of Native Habitat Walk and River Viewing Area
Increase Green Open Space
The communities surrounding this project are in dire need of 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.
Provide Safe Public Access
Extending the length of the L.A. River Greenway Trail by adding this important piece of habitat increases the draw of the L.A. River
to people looking for accessible recreational opportunities. This project will re-establish high-quality natural habitat along the L.A. River Greenway and provide easy public access to a natural oasis in the city. Two ADA-compliant ramps will provide safe public access to L.A. River Greenway Trail. CCS will install artistically themed gates and fencing to help tell the human and natural
story of the L.A. River
Section View of L.A. River Greenway Trail
The L.A. River Greenway Trail will be a crucial segment of the L.A. River Trail, connecting two adjacent sections of the L.A. River Greenway Trail to create three continuous miles of trail that can be utilized for running, walking, or cycling. Community Conservation Solution will provide an attractive, scenic, informative and easily accessible riverfront walking trail and resting spots where the public can exercise and escape the pressures of urban living, and to bridge a gap in the existing L.A. River Greenway by extending the trail in this area. The project site is adjacent to the proposed L.A. River Natural Park site.