Project Site: 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.
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L.A. River Greenway Trail Project

Creating Public Access and Restoring Native Habitat

Coldwater Canyon to Whitsett Avenue, San Fernando Valley

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The L.A. River Greenway Trail will:

  • Bridge the Gap                Create three miles of river trail by linking existing trail segments
  • Create Public Access     Open a closed section of the L.A. River to the public
  • Restore Native Habitat  Plant over 4,000 native trees, shrubs and plants
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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

     

    CONSTRUCTION BEGINS Tribal Blessing and Grounbreaking Ceremony

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    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 from the groundbreaking!


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    "Transforming the L.A. River in the Valley" Benefit Event.

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    CCS Awarded $2 Million in State and County Grants


    Project Funders
     

    Project Team & Partners

    Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority

    L.A. County DPW & Flood Control District

    Community Conservation Solutions

    Mia Lehrer and Associates
    Land IQ

    VCA Engineers Inc.

    Murow CM

    Nakae & Associates

    Owen Gabbert Designs

    L.A. Conservation Corps

    Save L.A. River Open Space

     

     

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

     

    The Problem
    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.

     

    CCS’ Solution
    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
     

     

     

     

     

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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    No public access to this section of the L.A. River

     


    About the L.A. River

    Greenway Trail Project

     


    Vicinity Map of Project Site

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Degraded site condition


    Unsafe fencing and non-native trees






     

     


    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.


     

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