The LA River Corp will change the course of LA. Our objective is to create healthy, vibrant communities with greater open space, enhanced green infrastructure, and better recreational facilities.
We are a non-profit venture charged with catalyzing responsible real estate and related economic development along the LA River. Our mission is to transform the LA River to improve people’s lives by carrying out sustainable land use projects, advocacy for river friendly policy, and programs for community benefit.
We are working to create a continuous 51-mile greenway corridor that will run along a restored LA River. Think of it as a linear Central Park—a grand public space that will redefine how we move through Los Angeles. The LA River can connect people throughout Los Angeles, restore natural habitat in some of the most park-poor communities in the country, and leave an open space legacy for generations to come.
We can enhance the quality of life in a city hungry for green space and strengthen communities by restoring the LA River to a vibrant green corridor that people from throughout the country will want to visit and enjoy.
Will you help us change the course of LA? Create the city where you want to live. Enjoy the LA River. Join Us.
August 26 2014
La Kretz Bridge over LA River to Move Forward with Final Funding Award
The LARRC Receives $3.66M award for the completion of the Atwater Multi-Modal Bridge
On Monday, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) awarded $3.66M in Active Transportation Program funds to the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation (LARRC) for La Kretz Crossing, providing the final piece of funding needed to complete the long awaited project. The La Kretz Crossing will be the first cable-stayed bridge in Los Angeles offering multi-modal forms of transportation to connect the neighborhood of Atwater Village to 56 miles of equestrian trails and walking trails at Griffith Park.
The $3.66M award adds to funding already invested by the project’s benefactor, Morton La Kretz and Council District 4 and 13 discretionary funds. La Kretz had contributed nearly $5M of his own funds to bring the bridge to life and the City and County have collectively contributed $1M toward the project in funds and in-kind services. Now fully funded, the steel bridge, at 302 feet long and 38 feet wide, will completely transform that portion of the River. The suspension bridge will allow safer transportation options for equestrians, bicyclists and pedestrians in the area. The bridge will allow complete access between the River’s existing trails, the newly renovated North Atwater Park, and the park, hiking trails and equestrian trails at Griffith Park. The LARRC is expected to begin construction in late spring 2015 with a 14 month construction timeline.
“This is an exciting milestone for the L.A. River Corp and the communities of Atwater Village and Griffith Park,” said LARRC Board Chair Brian Moore. “It fulfills our mission, and the City’s mission through the L.A. River Master Plan, of connecting communities along the River by providing safe, easy and diverse transportation options so that more Angelenos can access the River and the neighboring communities along the River.”
"In our efforts to restore the L.A. River, we have focused on connecting local communities to its natural beauty," said Mayor Eric Garcetti. "The La Kretz Crossing is a key project in the city's master plan and the kind of public-private partnership we need to continue bringing new life to the river and the neighborhoods around it."
"The La Kretz Crossing Bridge is a gift to the City of Angels! As we approach September 4th, we celebrate the founding of El Pueblo de La Reina de Los Angeles which settled their land on the banks of the Los Angeles River. The crossing will truly be an enhancement to the LA River. I can't wait to cross the bridge with Morton La Kretz."
"This is great news for the LA River community," said Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, chair of the City's Arts, Parks, Health, Aging, and Los Angeles River Committee. "Thanks to the generosity of Morton La Kretz, the City is able to build a multi-modal bridge connecting Atwater Village to Griffith Park. This decades-long goal will provide even greater access across the river which is critical to making this incredible resource more enjoyable to all Angelenos."
The funding award was made possible with the help of LARRC’s many partners including LAnSync/Annenberg Foundation and the many partners who have supported the bridge such as the LA Equine Advisory Committee and the LA County Bike Coalition.
The Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation is a 501(c)3 non-profit venture charged with catalyzing responsible real estate and related economic development along the LA River.