The Los Angeles River welcomed a new green space today when city officials opened a new river greenway. Located within the footprint of the Los Angeles-Glendale Water Reclamation Plant, which resides on the banks of the LA River in the Atwater Village portion of the river, the new greenway will provide a welcome respite for walkers and joggers at the natural turn-around point of a popular walking path located on the eastern side of the river.
“This is a small but far from insignificant improvement along the Los Angeles River,” stated City of Los Angeles Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, 13th District. “I’ve observed over the years since the first pocket parks opened along the river that one improvement along the river lends itself to the next. This is a prime example of that continuum,” continued O’Farrell. Members of the Atwater Village community joined Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, Public Works and LA Sanitation officials at the ribbon cutting ceremony, having first walked along the Los Angeles River to the new greenway from North Atwater Park.
The greenway’s native vegetation includes California Buckwheat, Flannel Bush, Black Cottonwood and California Poppies, which were in full bloom for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Recycled water from the Los Angeles Glendale Water Reclamation Plant will be used to irrigate the greenway and also feeds the Los Angeles River. The greenway was funded, designed and built entirely by the City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Sanitation.
Photos courtesy of the City of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works.