Sherman Oaks News
Groundbreaking L.A. Riverfront Project Begins
By Melissa Simon
Sep 17, 2013 - 12:52:00 PM

SHERMAN OAKS—Groundbreaking for the L.A. Riverfront Park Project Phase II will begin on Wednesday, September 18, with Councilman Tom LaBonge.

Scott Levin, communications deputy for LaBonge, told Canyon News the project, which is more specifically called the Los Angeles Riverfront Greenway Project-Phase II, is part of the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan created by the City Council in 2007.

“(The Plan) has a grand dream of an improved Los Angeles River stretching from Long Beach to Chatsworth in the Valley, a river you can bike on and enjoy,” Levin said. “It’s being done bit by bit and this is a 1/4-mile segment we’re doing in Sherman Oaks,” he added.

The bike path, which currently stretches from Griffith Park to Elysian Valley, will add to the dream of having a bike path connecting the San Fernando Valley and Long Beach, according to the release.

During the groundbreaking, Levin said they will begin work on landscaping, irrigation, a small community park, seating, fencing, a bike path, educational signs to direct people around the area and work on walkways and pavers.

The groundbreaking ceremony, which is open to the public, will begin at 9 a.m. and last for about 30 to 45 minutes, according to Levin. The ceremony will be taking place at the location for the new park at Morrison Street and Noble Avenue, between Sepulveda Boulevard and Kester Avenue.

“Inch by inch, we make our Los Angeles River a better place for all,” LaBonge said. “I’m excited to take one more step in that direction tomorrow," he added.

Levin said the groundbreaking for Phase II is just one step in a longer process to try to create a full river going all that way.

“It’s a key step because getting the bike path to go under the 405 is going to be a big challenge so this may be as far as the bike path stretches for a while,” he said.

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