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Project: Los Angeles River Granways Restoration - Studio City

Description: Planning , concept design, and development for access points and enhancements to the Studio City Greenway and surrounding landscape in collaboration with City government and local community organizations, with a focus on stormwater capture and treatment, soil building, climate-appropriate native vegetation, low-impact materials, and interpretation and access. The Studio City Greenway completed in 2004 was the City’s first stretch of greenway along the Los Angeles River. However, gates intended to be main access points have not opened, businesses still face away, and low visibility and poor operations contribute to rising conflicts between greenway users and homeless residents. Inappropriate maintenance has resulted in overwatering and poor soil health, and runoff from surrounding hardscapes contribute to erosion and destabilization of the banks and trail. As a result, significant resources are underused and underperforming—wasting precious land, investments, and setting poor precedent for future project work. The project will build on a grant already awarded for The River Project through the City of Los Angeles for enhancement and revegetation of the Studio City Greenway in collaboration with City government and local community organizations. This project will include a foundational two-day charrette process together with community follow-up and concept plan development for the parking lot of the adjacent shopping area, planned greenway areas, and each of three entrances. The three proposed entrance areas are at the Vons parking lot gate, the Studio City parking garage, and the Rhodes and Ventura parking lot. Planned areas relevant for consideration include the North Bank of the Valleyheart Greenway and Sycamore Pocket Park. The focus of these interventions will be on strategies for nature-based solutions to both realize and demonstrate in high-profile locations (1) stormwater capture and treatment; (2) soil building and climate-appropriate native vegetation to be passively irrigated by stormwater, providing regenerative habitat in the riparian corridor; (3) use of low-impact materials; and (4) river interpretation and access.

Reference Number: 3810P011862

Implemented By: The River Project

Objective: Planning , concept design, and development for access points and enhancements to the Studio City Greenway and surrounding landscape in collaboration with City government and local community organizations, with a focus on stormwater capture and treatment, soil building, climate-appropriate native vegetation, low-impact materials, and interpretation and access. The Studio City Greenway completed in 2004 was the City’s first stretch of greenway along the Los Angeles River. However, gates intended to be main access points have not opened, businesses still face away, and low visibility and poor operations contribute to rising conflicts between greenway users and homeless residents. Inappropriate maintenance has resulted in overwatering and poor soil health, and runoff from surrounding hardscapes contribute to erosion and destabilization of the banks and trail. As a result, significant resources are underused and underperforming—wasting precious land, investments, and setting poor precedent for future project work. The project will build on a grant already awarded for The River Project through the City of Los Angeles for enhancement and revegetation of the Studio City Greenway in collaboration with City government and local community organizations. This project will include a foundational two-day charrette process together with community follow-up and concept plan development for the parking lot of the adjacent shopping area, planned greenway areas, and each of three entrances. The three proposed entrance areas are at the Vons parking lot gate, the Studio City parking garage, and the Rhodes and Ventura parking lot. Planned areas relevant for consideration include the North Bank of the Valleyheart Greenway and Sycamore Pocket Park. The focus of these interventions will be on strategies for nature-based solutions to both realize and demonstrate in high-profile locations (1) stormwater capture and treatment; (2) soil building and climate-appropriate native vegetation to be passively irrigated by stormwater, providing regenerative habitat in the riparian corridor; (3) use of low-impact materials; and (4) river interpretation and access.

Type: Restoration, Recreation/Access/Interpretation, Water Management, Research/Planning (including Science)

Total Cost: $50,000.00

Project Status: Preliminary/Planning

On Time?: Yes    Within Scope?: Yes    Within Budget?: Yes

Estimated Completion: 6/30/2020    Actual Completion:

Associated Counties: Los Angeles

Project Benefits a Disadvantaged Community (or SDAC): Yes

Contribution SourcesContribution DateContribution Amount
  $50,000.00
Prop. 1, Urban Creek (LA River)12/20/2018$50,000.00


Project MetricMetric TopicQuantityUnit
RestorationEcosystem: Upland Habitat0.1acres restored/assessed/managed
Recreation/Access/InterpretationNew/Improved Public Access (other than coastal)  
Water ManagementStormwater Flood / Capture  
Research/Planning (including Science)Feasibility Studies -- Ecosystem Restoration  
Research/Planning (including Science)Feasibility Studies -- Flood Control/Water Supply  

Water Action Plan Target

    
Make Conservation a California Way of LifeAction Description
Increase Regional Self-Reliance and Integrated Water Management Across All Levels of GovernmentAction Description
Protect and Restore Important EcosystemsAction Description
Manage and Prepare for Dry PeriodsAction Description
Expand Water Storage Capacity and Improve Groundwater ManagementAction Description
Increase Flood ProtectionAction Description

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