L.A. River view from the Sunnynook Footbridge Bridge

A pretty afternoon to take in the view of the river from the Sunnynook Footbridge in Atwater Village. The Glendale-Hyperion Bridge is visible down river. 

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said today that the city will receive more than $3.5 million to create multi-use pathways and make improvements to the ecosystem along the Los Angeles River.

"The Los Angeles River is central to our city's history, and our investments now will ensure that it's a natural treasure far in the future," Garcetti said.

The money from two state grants  will help the city create 2.2 miles of pedestrian, cyclist and equestrian access along North Atwater Village, and support the river's wildlife habitat.

The first secures $2.2 million from the California Natural Resources Agency for the city's Bureau of Engineering for a multi-use path along the North Atwater East Bank Riverway, between Los Feliz Boulevard and the 134 Freeway. The city has also applied for an additional $4 million to build a 500-foot-long riverway undercrossing at Colorado Street to create an uninterrupted path.

The riverway is a project that Atwater Village and river activists have been working on for several years. 

This will connect pathways to the North Atwater Multi-Modal Bridge, the future bridges over the Verdugo Wash and the banks of the river between the Glendale RiverWalk and Ferraro Fields. 

The second grant is for $1.35 million from the California Wildlife Conservation Board to support wildlife habitat within 4.5 miles of the river and will fund a new proposal for infrastructure improvements that will help increase fish populations and foster a more diverse, robust ecosystem in the channel, the mayor's office said.

"The Los Angeles River is our gem, one with tremendous potential to bring a wonderful resource and vibrancy to our communities," Councilman Gil Cedillo said. "These grants help us move forward on our continued quest to build a more accessible, equitable and sustainable future for our residents in the city of Los Angeles."

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