River LA

VOTE for River LA's MY LA2050 Project!

We need your vote to win the My LA2050 Grants Challenge and gain access to the financial, human and social capital to expand the cultural conversation, engage LA’s diverse audience, truly get to know LA River communities, and ultimately inspire and influence how we interact with one of our great public resources.

River LA, in partnership with 72andSunny, is creating a human-centered public engagement project to generate inspiring, human stories from the people who know the LA River the best - environmentalists, cyclists, equestrians, young families, recreational enthusiasts, artists, among others. LA River Stories immerses the viewer in the lives of real people, fosters an understanding of their needs, and elevates the narrative to inspire transformative ideas to shape equitable planning and design.


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The realization of the LA River as a public amenity is a once in a generational opportunity to achieve multiple objectives. Among the key initiatives we are working on is Greenway 2020, a collaboration of many stakeholders to create a continuous 51-mile active transportation and recreational corridor to drive significant social and economic benefits for the region as a whole.

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Place Making

The Rio Vistas parks transform street-ends into vibrant community access points along the LA River. In 2013, we worked with students from LA River High School to re-imagine their neighborhood streets that dead-end into the LA River. Then this year Walt Disney Company recognized the opportunity to contribute and gave funding to bring three of the students’ designs to life.  

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Public Engagement

We commissioned acclaimed architect Frank Gehry and experts in the field of water and landscaping to conduct an independent, data-driven study of the Los Angeles River to explore the full potential of this unique natural resource. We are working hard to ensure the river integrates design and infrastructure to bring people and nature together and need your input in reimagining the Los Angeles River as integral to a healthy, vibrant and resilient region for everyone. 

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LA River Index

River LA seeks to ensure that the enhancement of our public infrastructure is designed to serve the greater good - for both people and nature. We believe that this next generation infrastructure is going to take creative public-private partnerships that are driven by transparent data, broad participation, and beautiful design.

We share our current learning with the hope you will lend your perspective, your passion and most importantly your willingness to help us figure out what to do next.

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