LA River Greenway Toolkit Project Progresses and Receives Additional Funding

LA River Greenway Toolkit Project Progresses and Receives Additional Funding

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Fri, 05/29/2015 - 3:17pm

Three foundations are supporting the Luskin Center's development and use of the Los Angeles River Greenway Toolkit. The Luskin Center received core project funding (approximately $80,000) from the The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation in late 2014 and more recently, the center received two additional funding sources. The David Bohnett Foundation awarded a $40,000 grant, and The California Endowment provided a gift of $25,000 that can support technical assistance for grassroots projects along the LA River.

The Toolkit will present case studies of existing projects and step-by-step instructions for community leaders interested in developing: 1) a multi-modal linear pathway along the Los Angeles River, 2) a River-adjacent green open space, 3) a neighborhood access point or 4) a multi-modal bridge to improve access across the River.

Since the beginning of the Toolkit project early this year, the research team has completed several important research tasks. Using a combination of aerial photography and field work, the research team developed an accurate map and an inventory of current conditions along the greenway in the Lower LA River region (between Maywood and Long Beach). Combined with an inventory of Upper LA River greenway projects developed by the City of Los Angeles, the Luskin Center compiled a comprehensive database of existing LA River greenway projects to assist in the team’s selection of case studies. Several case studies are already complete, with several more planned for the summer quarter. The research team also developed a database of community-based organizations and local governments serving communities along the River. The Luskin Center team will collaborate with the Watershed Conservation Authority to hold a stakeholder listening session meeting for community-based organization in the Lower LA River region this summer. These meetings will generate important feedback from community members to inform the structure and content of the final Toolkit, so that it is both accessible and useful for community leaders.

The Toolkit will be released at the end of 2015. In 2016, the Luskin Center will conduct outreach and provide technical assistance to help community leaders leverage the Toolkit to create healthier, more environmentally sustainable, and connected communities along the LA River.  

Three foundations are supporting the Luskin Center's development and use of the Los Angeles River Greenway Toolkit. The Luskin Center received core project funding (approximately $80,000) from the The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation in late 2014 and more recently, the center received two additional funding sources. The David Bohnett Foundation awarded a $40,000 grant, and The California Endowment provided a gift of $25,000 that can support technical assistance for grassroots projects along the LA River.