Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Plans to connect Griffith Park across the Los Angeles River to Glendale, with a pedestrian/bike bridge at a formerly gritty industrial area, will go before residents next week.

The City of Glendale plans to ask people where exactly the bridge would, go at a workshop next Thursday. It calls the area the “Jewel At The Bend,” as the river channel there has trees and running water between the concrete flood control walls built after deadly floods in 1938.

The bike/pedestrian bridge would connect the area near the L.A. Zoo, and its L.A. River bikeway, to two new parks and other recreational amenities on the Glendale side of the river.

One mile of bikeways on the east side of the river, plus two parks, a facility for horse riders and public art, has already been built by Glendale.

The corner where the river turns from east to south, adjacent to the 5/134 freeway interchange, is in the midst of a transformation. The Glendale side of the river is host to warehouses, TV studios, and a large electric generating station.

The centerpiece of the project is planned to be the bridge over the river. Three possible sites are mentioned: just east of the Riverside Drive overpass above the Ventura (134) Freeway; next to the electric generating station at the river’s curve, or at the mouth of Verdugo Wash, which would be underneath the 134 Freeway’s bridges above the river.

The workshop will be from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Pacific Community Center Gymnasium, 501 S. Pacific Ave., in Glendale.

More information is available at the city’s website, .

—City News Service

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