Mayor Garcetti and Supervisor Kuehl Announce $6 Million Investment In L.A. River Valley Greeenway
Announcement coincides with National Park Service certification of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail and the local launch of President Obama’s “Every Kid in a Park” initiative. LOS ANGELES—Mayor Eric Garcetti and County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl today announced a joint investment of $6 million in the Los Angeles River Valley Greenway. The funding will make the project shovel-ready by enabling completion of design on 12 miles of gaps in its Valley portion. Once completed, the greenway will make it possible for Angelenos to walk and bike from Canoga Park to Elysian Valley.
“With this investment, we take one more step in linking our communities to each other and to the backbone of our region — the Los Angeles River,” said Mayor Garcetti. “By expanding the parks and paths along our river, we can breathe new life into the surrounding neighborhoods and give our residents more access to nature and recreation while providing safer commuting options between homes, schools, and jobs.”
“The same L.A. River that protects Angelenos from catastrophic flooding is rapidly becoming a social hub that connects communities to public transportation, provides habitat for plants and animals, and introduces children and families to much-needed open space for recreation,” said Supervisor Kuehl. “L.A. County is proud to be a part of that change.”
The City’s $3 million contribution comes from funds dedicated to open space preservation and park facilities, provided by four Los Angeles City Councilmembers who represent the Valley: Councilmembers Paul Krekorian, Bob Blumenfield, David Ryu, and Nury Martinez.
“The partnership between the City and County will transform the way Angelenos use and view the L.A. River in the San Fernando Valley,” said City Councilmember Paul Krekorian, District 2. “By working together to connect the patchwork of ongoing revitalization projects, like the Valleyheart Riverwalk project in my district, we are restoring the river’s majesty in its Valley home.”
"The headwaters in Canoga Park will finally be folded into the L.A. River's recreational and environmental opportunities,” said City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, District 3. “I'm proud to help fund the river bikeway to connect people throughout our communities. Filling these gaps in the bikeway will make the river more enjoyable as a real amenity in our neighborhoods, and I'm eager to partner in this major effort.”
"Today I am proud to announce my office is dedicating half a million dollars from our district’s park creation funds to ensure river revitalization moves forward and to ensure the children of L.A. will live healthier and safer lives,” said City Councilmember David Ryu, District 4. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand our city’s green space, improve our region’s transportation infrastructure, and promote a sustainable future."
The announcement coincided with National Park Service and City of Los Angeles certification of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historical Trail along the river and the local launch of President Obama’s “Every Kid in a Park” initiative. As part of that program, hundreds of local 4th-graders were sworn in as Junior Rangers and earned a free annual pass for all national parks and federal lands. The National Park Service marks its Centennial anniversary in 2016.
“The Every Kid in a Park initiative invites young people across America to discover this country's amazing and diverse national parks and public lands and establishes a lifelong relationship with these special places," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "The National Park Service is honored to join the City of Los Angeles, the County of Los Angeles, and others to help Angelenos of all ages find their park along the Los Angeles River."