City and state officials celebrated new funding Monday that has been secured to revitalize the Studio City Greenway along the Los Angeles River.

The $150,000 grant from the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and awarded to the city of Los Angeles will go toward improving bike and pedestrian access points, restoring the landscaping, and enhancing public health and safety along the greenway from Whitsett Avenue to Laurel Canyon Boulevard.

“A vibrant open space along the L.A. River, with a walking and bike path connected to local businesses, will generate new jobs, tourism, and increase property values,” said Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian, D-North Hollywood. “I am excited to keep working with our community leaders to make the entire stretch of the L.A. River a beautiful open space for the Valley.”

The Studio City River Greenway was originally planted in 2004 and is Los Angeles’ first native landscape project along the river, but has suffered from years of neglect, Nazarian’s office said.

“This is another significant step toward making the L.A. River a more vibrant and accessible resource for East San Fernando Valley residents,” Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian said.

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