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You made it all possible


Thanks to your support, the Los Angeles River -- and all of us -- were big winners with Measures M and A. This is another huge step forward for connection, public space, sustainability and resilience - and an awesome 51-mile River space for all.

As we celebrate this local victory, I can’t help but feel deeply grateful for all that you have made possible. A year ago, we asked our River LA supporters to help with this crazy generous $250,000 matching challenge. It seemed impossible, but we did it. Together. As we head into the end of 2016, it’s a great time reflect on the amazing progress we have made since then.

Please take a look at the attached Impact Report we made for you. We want you to see and celebrate your impact as a donor and supporter, and get a taste for things to come.

Your commitment to the River means the world to us. We look forward to working together for a brighter future via the Los Angeles River. 

Melissa Puls, Development Manager

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Big Local Mandates, Measures M (transit) and A (parks) pass


There has long been a vision to connect all 51 miles of the Los Angeles River. Three years ago, River LA decided to take on that challenge and launched the Greenway 2020 campaign, a movement to connect the entire Los Angeles River, from Canoga Park to Long Beach, by the year 2020. We weren’t sure how we would accomplish this, but we knew it was a worthy goal that was shared by many.

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VOTE for River LA's MY LA2050 Project!


LA River Stories: Public Engagement through Creative Storytelling

We need your vote to win the My LA2050 Grants Challenge Please Pledge to Vote Here!

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#MeasureM Info Resource

We wanted to share some good information on Measure M to help you make an informed decision on November 8th.
Possible next steps for you to consider:
  • Sign up to endorse on the official campaign site: 
  • Follow social media #MeasureM channel
  • Pledge to support Measure M on LA County Bicycle Coalition:
  • Climate Resolve will be pushing social media next week – keep an eye out for updates.

And if you haven't already, please take our quick survey on Measure M.

Thank you!


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River LA Selected as Finalist in SXSW Eco Place by Design

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. – JULY 27, 2016 – River LA announced today that it has been selected as a top six finalist in SXSW’s Eco PXD competition in the RESILIENCE + HEALTH category. This category exemplifies ideas, structures and initiatives that surpass sustainability to contribute to a more adaptive, resilient world.


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I love our parks!

I am excited to share that yesterday, in a packed room full of green shirts and park signs, the LA County Board of Supervisors voted to place a parks measure on the upcoming November 2016 ballot that would help raise funds to aid in new and existing park space. After hours of testimony from community activists, city officials and environmentalists regarding the importance of public health and environmental benefits of parks, all complete with “raising the roof” hands in the air (in lieu of applause as directed by Madame Chair Solis), the 3-1 vote of the Supervisors was met with great enthusiasm. It was an awesome moment for open space and parks advocates across the county.

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River LA x LA River Expeditions Fourth of July Social Media Contest

A Fourth of July contest for river lovers this holiday weekend: share your best LA River photos on social media and be eligible to win exclusive discounts on the ever popular LA River Expeditions kayaking trips. Shot can be of you or others enjoying the Fourth of July holiday on or near the river. Or it can just be your favorite-- taken at any time. Just be sure to post between July 1 and July 4 with hashtag #USARiverLA. 


1. Tag @OurRiverLA and @LARivX on Twitter/Instagram/Facebook with your best LA River photo. It helps if it’s Fourth of July themed, but it doesn’t have to be. Throw in the hashtag #USARiverLA. Do it between July 1st to 4th for a chance to win some killer LA River Expeditions kayaking discounts.

2. One entry per person. Only photos originally tagging @OurRiverLA and @LARiverX and with #USARiverLA hashtag will be considered for entry.

3. Winners will be chosen Tuesday, July 5 and notified about the exclusive discount.

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Big News! Transportation Measure Approved by Metro

Three years ago we launched the Greenway 2020 campaign, an audacious vision to connect a complete 51-mile bike path by 2020 along the Los Angeles River. This programmatic approach to urban scale problem-solving took a huge step forward yesterday when the Metro Board of Directors approved placing a transportation sales tax measure on the November ballot as part of the much needed LA County Traffic Improvement Plan, which would provide $425 million in funding to complete the LA River bike path.

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River LA and Gehry Partners Launch the LA River Index Upon Completion of LA River Phase 1 Research

June 21, 2016                                                                                          


River LA and Gehry Partners Launch the LA River Index upon Completion of LA River Phase 1 Research

The online resource is the culmination of one year of data collection and analysis by a team of experts that includes Gehry Partners, Geosyntec and Olin


Los Angeles, California – Today, River LA and its partners have unveiled an innovative and revolutionary new tool for planning and design along the Los Angeles River called the LA River Index ( This is the first time that data, reports and findings relative to the river’s past, present and future along the river’s entirety has been centralized in one location for the public to access. The LA River Index is an online, resource accessible to the public that spans the issues of water, public space and community needs along all 51 miles of the Los Angeles River. 

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River LA has released a new video showcasing the rich diversity of activities available at the LA River. The video, produced by Women in Film’s PSA Program, shows three teens discovering the LA River for the first time after a blue heron, the LA River’s mascot, interrupts their selfie.  They see skateboarders and car enthusiasts enjoying the urban landscape under the 3rd Street Bridge, picnickers playing near the Glendale Narrows, kayakers paddling through serene waters and bikers racing down the river-adjacent bike path. In the final shot, the teens are splashing in the shallow waters, the blue heron nearby.

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