Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

A project to build a pedestrian and bike path along a 12-mile portion of the Los Angeles River in the San Fernando Valley will be designed by a team led by Gruen Associates, city officials announced Tuesday.

The Los Angeles-based architecture firm will head up a team that includes landscape architect outfit Mia Lehrer + Associates, architect Oyler Wu and engineering firm Psomas. The design work will be funded with county and city dollars.

The greenway project will stretch from the West San Fernando Valley, at Vanalden Avenue, to Griffith Park, at Forest Lawn and Zoo drives, and is last portion of the Los Angeles River Greenway that still needs to be built.

A feasibility study will be completed and community input solicited over the next nine months.

Mayor Eric Garcetti committed funds from his office toward the design work, as did City Council members Nury Martinez, Bob Blumenfield, Paul Krekorian and David Ryu. City Recreation and Parks funding will also go toward the design costs.

Garcetti said the “bikeway will give all Angelenos a new way to experience our city, build accessibility to our revitalized river and expand green space for families to enjoy. I am proud to work with all of the partners who helped us reach this milestone.”

Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, who has also pledged funds to the design, said the greenway “is another important step forward in building our local bikeway infrastructure so that Angelenos can choose to go to work, school and play in healthy, environmentally sustainable ways.”

–City News Service

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