Public Engagement - River LA

We Engage and Empower Communities Along the River.

River LA’s public engagement work co-creates a healthy, vibrant, and resilient region by inviting communities to reimagine their neighborhoods as part of a regional network connected by the Los Angeles River.  By investing in an integrated public engagement program that utilizes both grassroots and digital strategies, River LA will build people power, amplify the community’s voice and motivate them to represent their communities and a revitalized Los Angeles River. River LA will accomplish its goal through grassroots, peer-to-peer organizing that is inclusive and respectful of the diverse communities along the river.


River-adjacent communities to be outreached include approximately 17 cities and countless neighborhoods within one mile of the Los Angeles River.  These communities have been divided into three (3) areas: Upper, Middle and Lower River Segments.  


Upper River

San Fernando Valley Communities

Middle River


Lower River

Gateway Cities / 710 Communities


Canoga Park



Lake Balboa


Sherman Oaks

Studio City

Toluca Lake

Universal City

Van Nuys


Woodland Hills


Arts District

Atwater Village

Boyle Heights


Cypress Park

East Los Angeles

Echo Park

Elysian Valley

Glassell Park

Lincoln Heights

Los Feliz





Bell Gardens






Huntington Park

Long Beach




South Gate



Through a data-driven, people-focused public engagement campaign, River LA is committed to:

  • Build a strong organization of supportive residents in the neighborhoods surrounding the LA River by hosting events, meetings and facilitating relationships with community-based organizations;

  • Empower members of the public to advocate for policies that highlight the communities’ perspective and support the Los Angeles River; and

  • Educate by holding discussion and focus groups to broaden the community’s knowledge on the technical team’s analysis of the 51-mile Integrated Design Study and hold space for communities to learn, think and solve problems collaboratively on the future of the river.   

For more information on our River Advocates program, click here.

For more information on the upcoming public engagement events, click here


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