The Village Gardeners Work to Improve the LA River


In our last eNewsletter issue we highlighted a few ways we can make a positive impact on our community. Sometimes it’s nice to be inspired by the work of others, and it’s also nice to see how all the hard work we do is paying off.

Well, look no further than The Village Gardeners, a non-for-profit group made up of Studio City and Sherman Oaks residents.

This grassroots organization has a mission we can get behind; they simply want to help restore one half-mile section of the L.A. River between Fulton Avenue and Coldwater Canyon.

“It’s really a mile of river front when you count both sides,” Rick Rabins, a long-time resident of Studio City and President of Village Gardeners, Inc., recently told Victoria Jones of

Rick is not doing it alone. His group is well organized. Hundreds of volunteers come together to improve this little stretch of riverfront. They clean up trash, clear catch basins, pull out dead and diseased trees and replace them with drought resistant native plants and doggie waste bag dispensers. They hold events throughout the year, so if you live in the area make sure you check in with The Village Gardeners’ events page to lend a hand.

Ultimately, The Village Gardeners envision this area to become a friendly park with benches and improved pedestrian access. Called the “Steps To The Riverwalk” Beautification Project, The Village Gardeners hope to have the project completed soon.

The Village Gardeners were one of many groups that participated in the City of L.A.’s Day of Service Event on the L.A. River back in late April. The City funded the group for supplies for their clean-up, which, by the looks of it (view the photos!), was a resounding success!

We applaud The Village Gardeners and all the other groups and individuals that are working to make our City and the L.A. River a greener, cleaner place. If you aren’t yet signed up to volunteer for an upcoming event with an organization in your area, please check in with our monthly events calendar, which is updated regularly.


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