LINCOLN HEIGHTS — The Ed P. Reyes River Greenway in Lincoln Heights is now officially open to the public after the city installed some heavy-duty gates to secure the one acre of parkland next to the L.A. River.
The greenway, which features a small stream, pathways and new landscaping, was finished at the end of last year but remained off limits to the public as the city secured money to build a permanent fence and gates at the park off Humboldt Street .
With the recent installation of the permanent gates and fencing, the greenway opened to the public last Friday and will be open from 7 am to 7 pm daily, said Richard Lee with the Department of Public Works. While it may look like a park, the greenway is not officially part of the city’s park system. Instead, it is maintained by the city’s sanitation department as a water quality sanitation facility, Lee said.
The greenway, named after the former First District Councilman, has been touted by the city as an innovative way to treat storm drain runoff while creating new parks and public spaces along the Los Angeles River. An underground biofiltration system helps clean and collect the storm water using a natural treatment process. The waterfall pumps, as well as the lights along the path that loops around the one-acre park, are powered by solar energy collected by panels on the site.
“We are proud of this multi benefit River greenway that is cleaning runoff, conserving water, and greening our communities while connecting them to the L.A. River,” Lee said via email.