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

Upon completion in the the fall of 2012, the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk project will have developed and enhanced over half a mile of the City of Glendale's frontage along the Los Angeles River. This project will provide the community withe the following outdoor recreational opportunities: a pedestrian, bicycle, and equestrian trail extending approximately half a mile along the north side of one the three only remaining soft bottom segments of the Los Angeles River, a new parking lot with solar lighting, a public art installation on the existing spillway, a ramp to the trails, a newly restored and enhanced equestrian facility, a staging area for hikers and cyclists, vista points with seat walls and benches, native landscapes, an irrigation system, informations kiosks, and interpretive signage.

Additionally, landscaped pocket parks with picnic areas and amenities such as drinking fountains, benches, picnic tables, a bicycle rack, and seat walls made of river rocks and boulders will provide an aesthetic and functional setting for family outings.

Landscaped seating area along the spillway at the west end of the park

The project site will be landscaped primarily with native California trees and shrubs such as Coast Live Oak and Blue Elderberry, which are naturally drought resistant, and which will provide food and habitat for birds and small wildlife.

North East Trees applied for and received the necessary permissions to work in the river channel on order to remove the invasive species , Arundo donax (Giant Reed). Removal and control of Arundo enhances the wildlife habitat in the soft-bottom area of the Los Angeles River channel, allowing native species to re-establish and flourish.


Seating at the equestrian area with a view of the river

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.