Parks Design & Build: Glendale Narrows Riverwalk

City of Glendale


          Project Funded by:

                    • Proposition 50 - River Parkways Grant Program

                    • Los Angeles County - Proposition A Grant

                    • Caltrans - Dept. of Transportation - Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation program

                    • City of Glendale


The Los Angeles River’s 51 mile journey from its origin in the San Fernando Valley to the Pacific Ocean is mostly along a concrete channel lined with industrial yards, freeways and train tracks. The Glendale Narrows is one of the only three soft-bottom portions of the river that runs through Atwater and by Griffith Park.


In December 2012, North East Trees completed the design and construction of the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk Park at the Glendale Narrows, in the City of Glendale. This linear park enhances over half a mile of the City of Glendale's frontage along the Los Angeles River which until recently was neglected, derelict, and closed to the public.




The derelict and unused parcel of land (above) converted into a beautiful new park entrance (below)



The park now provides the community with several recreational opportunities along the river including a pedestrian, bicycle, and equestrian trail extending .53 miles along the north side of the river.


There is now a newly enhanced and restored equestrian area, vista points, landscaped pocket parks with picnic areas, and amenities such as drinking fountains, benches, picnic tables, and a bicycle rack. Seat walls made of river rocks and boulders provide an aesthetic and functional setting for family outings.





The park also includes a stormwater catchment and infiltration bioswale.  Stormwater from the adjacent properties, asphalt parking areas, the trail, and equestrian facility now flows through this bioswale. Rocks and native plantings force the water to slow down, collect, and infiltrate slowly into the ground, cleansing the contaminants, and replenishing ground water.





As with all our projects, local at-risk youth were hired and trained during the construction of the project.




North East Trees’ Youth Environmental Stewardship (YES) Program trains at-risk youth and young adults in the areas of landscape design and construction, arboriculture, horticulture, restoration ecology, hydrology and urban forestry. It provides mentoring and a daily work discipline that helps build individual character while developing both job skills and a community-based work force. The program encourages participants to pursue higher education in environmental disciplines, and provides job search training and assistance for graduates to find employment in the green industry.


The park is landscaped primarily with native California trees and shrubs such as coast live oak, blue elderberry, and humming bird sage which are naturally drought resistant. This habitat restoration is already attracting native birds to the area by providing food and habitat that are suited to them.




New ornamental metal gates and perimeter fencing for the project were designed and fabricated by local artist Brett Goldstone; the imagery for the gates was inspired by scenes along this stretch of the river.

Scene from the river and gate inspired by it




August 11, 2012

Volunteers help with the planting efforts during construction. Thank  you all!!! It was a hot day, but we got so much done.