$150K Secured to Revitalize the LA River in Studio City

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

50K check

(Studio City, CA) Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian was joined by Councilmember Paul Krekorian, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Executive Director Joe Edmiston, and Studio City community organizations to celebrate the funding of the long-needed revitalization of the Studio City Greenway along the Los Angeles River.

Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian secured the $150,000 in the 2018 - 2019 fiscal year Budget for the State of California. This funding will go to revitalize the section of the Studio City River Greenway from Whitsett Avenue to Laurel Canyon Blvd along the south bank.

“A vibrant open space along the LA River, with a walking and bike path connected to local businesses, will generate new jobs, tourism, and increase property values,” stated Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian. “I am excited to keep working with our community leaders to make the entire stretch of the LA River a beautiful open space for the Valley.”

“This is another significant step toward making the LA River a more vibrant and accessible resource for East San Fernando Valley residents,” said Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian. “I applaud Assemblymember Nazarian for his diligent work to secure funding for the Studio City River Greenway, and I look forward to continuing our partnership on the project.”

The $150,000 is a grant provided by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, awarded to the City of Los Angeles, which will partner with The River Project to restore the Studio City Greenway. The project will improve bike and pedestrian access points, restore the landscaping by eliminating invasive species, and enhance public health and safety along the LA River.

“We are happy to provide these funds for the continued improvement of the LA River for all Angelenos to enjoy.We appreciate the care and hard work of Assemblyman Nazarian and the assistance of Councilman Krekorian in the continued beautification of this natural resource,” added Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Executive Director Joe Edmiston.

Originally planted and improved in 2004, the Studio City River Greenway was LA’s first native landscape project along the LA River that extends from Whitsett Avenue to Laurel Canyon Boulevard, along the south bank. Unfortunately, the Greenway suffered from years of neglect. Given renewed interest from the community and leadership from state and local officials, it will now be revitalized.

Together with Studio City organizations including the Residents Association, Chamber of Commerce, Business Improvement District, Farmers Market, Beautification Association and Save LA River Open Space—along with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks—The River Project will reshape the Greenway into a vibrant amenity, foster long-term stewardship, and encourage safe use.

“We’re excited to be able to move forward with our local partners to bring new life to a project in our own backyard,” said Melanie Winter, founder and director of The River Project. “We’ve all been in dialogue about this for the past few years, so we’re grateful to the Assemblymember for making it possible for us to collaborate productively on creating healthy solutions to these complex challenges.”

“With the help and guidance of Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, the LA River that runs through Studio City will be revitalized, given a new life, and enjoyed by all Angelenos,” added the Studio City Residents Association.

“What Assemblymember Nazarian has done, is to (greatly) assist in the clean-up and beautification of the LA River, which flows into all adjacent communities and quite simply, creates a better life for all,” stated John Walker, Executive Director of the Studio City Business Improvement District.

CONTACT: Brian Stedge, (646) 469-3808, Brian.Stedge@asm.ca.gov