Over 100 Participants attend UCLA Luskin Center Lower Los Angeles River Workshop

Over 100 Participants attend UCLA Luskin Center Lower Los Angeles River Workshop

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Wed, 08/26/2015 - 2:14pm

The UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation and the Watershed Conservation Authority (WCA) co-hosted, in conjunction with North East Trees, the Lower Los Angeles River: From Gray to Green workshop on Tuesday, August 18th. The workshop took place at the beautiful Rancho Los Cerritos in Long Beach and drew attendees from throughout Los Angeles County. The event aimed to engage with River stakeholders and receive feedback about what improvements to the river parkway they would like to see and where, and how a Los Angeles River Greenway Toolkit could best help these efforts. Over 100 community leaders and key organizational representatives participated and provided helpful advice to inform the continuing development of the Toolkit.

One of the primary goals of the workshop was to introduce two specific developing opportunities: the Luskin Center’s Toolkit and the WCA’s Gateway Cities and Rivers Urban Greening Master Plan. Luskin Center Director JR DeShazo started off the evening with an introduction followed by brief remarks from a few of the event partners - Friends of the LA River, the River Revitalization Corps and East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice - regarding new funding opportunities for the Lower River. Next, participants dove into two discussion exercises. For the first exercise led by the WCA, attendees had the opportunity to draw on large maps of the lower LA River in order to identify desired project locations and project ideas. For the second exercise, the Luskin Center provided a questionnaire asking what information about existing projects could be most useful to folks interested in developing projects along the River in the future.

Using the feedback provided by workshop participants, the Luskin Center will work to make the Toolkit more user-friendly, and incorporate new ideas and information. Additionally, enhanced relationships with interested community members, organizations, and agencies will allow the Luskin Center to continue to receive feedback and guidance throughout the Toolkit development.

 

 

The UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation and the Watershed Conservation Authority (WCA) co-hosted, in conjunction with North East Trees, the Lower Los Angeles River: From Gray to Green workshop on Tuesday, August 18th. The workshop took place at the beautiful Rancho Los Cerritos in Long Beach and drew attendees from throughout Los Angeles County.