Want to ride your bike from Canoga Park to Griffith Park? You’re a step closer

For cyclists and Los Angeles River strollers, it’s been the missing link to the Los Angeles River path across the San Fernando Valley.

But Los Angeles took a major step this week in completing the last 12 miles of a Los Angeles River Greenway that would allow Angelenos to walk and bike from Canoga Park to Griffith Park.

Gruen Associates, a 70-year-old Los Angeles-based urban design company, was picked Tuesday to lead the greenway design from Vanalden Avenue in Reseda to Zoo Drive in Griffith Park.

“The Los Angeles River is a common thread that links us to our history, and connects us to the natural world,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti, who grew up in Encino, in a statement. “This 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.”

Portions of the bikeway, funded by both the city and Los Angeles County, have already been built.

But completing the last stretch has long been a dream of those who wanted to cross the Valley along both concrete and natural sections of the Los Angeles River, sometimes within view of snowy egrets and other birds.

A challenge to the greenway design team completing the greenway will be how to get around both the historic Sepulveda Dam and the 405 Freeway.

The greenway design will include a bike path, shade elements, stormwater capture features, pedestrian walkways, landscaped areas to support habitat, as well as fencing, gates, lighting, signage and additional educational and interpretive elements.

Besides Gruen Associates, the design team will include Mia Lehrer + Associates, landscape architects with a history of Los Angeles River work; and Oyler Wu, architects. Engineering firm Psomas will produce the team’s civil and structural work.

The cost of the design work is still being negotiated, said a Garcetti spokeswoman. Funding will come from the Mayor’s office, Valley Councilmembers Bob Blumenfield, Paul Krekorian, Nury Martinez, the Department of Recreation and Parks and Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.

A detailed feasibility study is expected within the next nine months, with community input and review, city officials say. Construction will be done in phases.

“We are thrilled to bring together this exceptional team to work with us in the design of the Valley’s river bike path,” said City Engineer Gary Lee Moore “We have selected a group of designers known for their experience in successfully addressing architectural challenges, as well as bringing innovative and experimental thinking to their work.”

 

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