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Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation Receives $1 Million Grant Kicking off First Phase of Work for Gehry Partners on the LA River

The matching grant, awarded by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, will allow Frank Gehry and his team of experts to begin their initial study of the LA River

Yesterday, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC) voted unanimously in support of the LA River Revitalization Corporation’s (LA River Corp) application for a $1 million matching grant to help fund the work of Gehry Partners and its team of experts that includes OLIN Landscape Architects, Geosyntec and many others to develop an integrated design and technical analysis of the Los Angeles River. The grant originated from the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Costal Protection Bond Act of 2006, which exists to support projects like Gehry’s for the LA River.

With this boon from the SMMC, the LA River Corp can now proceed on its plans to work with Gehry Partners on developing a data-driven analysis of the river and formulating a set of recommendations for a range of river interventions and capital improvements based on design storm impacts and process methodology. The study will ultimately help establish the unique identity and multi-use benefits for the entire 51-mile length of the LA River, while also maintaining its essential function as a flood control channel.

The support provided through the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy grant helps the LA River Corporation get started on the 51-mile river analysis and integrated design study. The activities and deliverables related to the Upper LA River, taking shape through this grant, represents one-third of the larger project budget.

“The LA River got a great vote of confidence from the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy,” said Omar Brownson, Executive Director at LA River Revitalization Corporation. “We are humbled by the generosity of the grant and more motivated than ever to build out an integrated framework for the LA River, to include recommendations that ensure the river is a public resource that inspires the healthy, vibrant, and resilient region in which we all want to live."

“There are portions of the Los Angeles River that can only be adequately envisioned by one of the most creative architects in the world today,” said Joseph T. Edmiston, Executive Director of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. “Frank Gehry views the physical embodiment of the L.A. River as an opportunity. The river has all this ability to carry water, which is only needed a small fraction of the time. How do we better utilize that space, especially where the river goes through the most disadvantaged communities? We need the best minds to help answer these questions.”

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The secret behind the Rio Vistas Project

I'm going to let you in on a little secret: the students of LA River High School have been planning the revitalization of the Los Angeles River. 

You heard that right! In 2013, we started the Rio Vistas project. 'Rio Vistas' are the 300 street-ends by the LA River that are public rights-of-way. Our goal is to transform these for recreational and environmental benefit. 

We are working with students to design and develop shovel-ready projects in Elysian Valley, where 27 streets dead-end into the river. And here's the great news: we received 1,000,000 dollars from Disney to develop our first three in the spring. 

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LA River PSA Casting Call

Women in Film is shooting "Not What You Expected" a Public Service Announcement (PSA) about the LA River and we need your help! We are casting a variety of roles with all action taking place in and around the LA River. 

We are casting non-union volunteers to play these parts and we also need a random variety of goods and services for the shoot. Our PSA will highlight all the wonderful activities you can do at the river. Think of it as your one good deed for the end of summer to help promote the LA River and our environment!

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Frank Gehry and the Los Angeles River

The Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation (LA River Corp) could not be happier that Frank Gehry Partners, LLP has agreed to bring their world renowned vision, thoughtfulness, and foresight to the Los Angeles River. It truly marks a significant turning point in the life of one of Southern California’s most underutilized open spaces.

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Big Plans to Restore the L.A. River

OMAR BROWNSON AND A COHORT OF RIVER ADVOCATES CELEBRATE THE UNANIMOUS APPROVAL BY THE CIVIL WORKS REVIEW BOARD OF THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS OF A MAJOR PLAN TO RESTORE THE LOS ANGELES RIVER.

Los Angeles District Commander Col. Kim Colloton announced that the plan to restore the Los Angeles River was unanimously approved today by the Civil Works Review Board of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Washington, D.C.

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Let's Run the LA River

Last Thursday we hosted our fifth LA River Night Run, a family friendly event designed to activate the LA River greenway as a safe and vibrant social space after dark. Since it's inception last fall, we've had over 700 people come out to exercise, eat tacos and roast s'mores along the river.

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Urban Ag and the LA River

On Saturday the LA River Corp's very own Jennifer Samson joined Leigh Christy of Perkins+Will, and guerrilla gardener Ron Finley for a panel discussion hosted by The LA Design Festival on the implications and opportunities of the Cornfield Arroyo Specific Plan (CASP). 

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ACT Conference with LA River High Recap

Last Friday, Omar and two students from LA River High School took on the ACTive Transportation Conference aboard the lovely Queen Mary to discuss their participation in our Rio Vistas program. 

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We love 2020 IPA !

The month of February means delicious 2020IPA all around!  We launched our custom 2020IPA with an awesome party at the Bowtie Parcel. The red hoppy Craft Beer is a customer favorite. Check out some photos by Golden Road Brewing beer lovers enjoying 2020IPA. 

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Help Us Collect Socks for the Homeless along the River

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