A new online survey has been posted for the Los Angeles River Path Project, which will close the eight-mile gap between Elysian Valley and Vernon along the current walking, biking and skating lane. Check out the above video that provides a good overview of the project and the area it will serve.
This, I think, is a really cool project that will ultimately allow for walk-bike-skate connection between the San Fernando Valley, downtown Los Angeles and Long Beach — and many neighborhoods in between. The path will also be a great compliment to the ongoing effort to revitalize the L.A. River, which aims to add more green and habitat to the concrete channel.
No surprise: this is a challenging corridor (see this earlier Source post). There is a wide variety of existing infrastructure along the river, including train tracks, power lines, buildings, bridges and other obstacles. As part of the ongoing planning process, Metro staff are developing a number of alternatives. Community input is vital to help Metro narrow that list. We already know from public feedback received last fall that safety and access are critically important.
The survey offers graphics and video to help explain some of the alignment and access alternatives. Some are certainly more challenging than others — for example, putting the path at the bottom of the channel gets it closer to the river and nature but means there would be times of the year it would likely be flooded and closed. The survey is comprehensive and explains the pros and cons of the different approaches in the northern, central and southern sections of the project.
Another incentive to take the survey: participants have the option of entering a raffle for $100 Amazon gift card!
In terms of the big picture, Metro staff — with your input — plans to ask the Metro Board of Directors later this year to adopt four project alternative alignments. Once that happens, the project’s formal environmental studies will begin. The project has $365 million in funding from Measure M and the hope is to begin construction by 2023. For more info, please see the project’s home page.