OREANDA-NEWS. August 30, 2016. Flowing through 30 of some of the nation’s most crowded neighborhoods, the Los Angeles River has been paved bank-to-bank, strewn with trash and all but ignored as a location for desperately needed community parks and natural open space. The Trust for Public Land is at the heart of an effort to recover the river’s potential to connect tens of thousands of Los Angeles residents to health-promoting recreation and nature.

August 11th marked the grand opening of The Los Angeles River & Aliso Creek Confluence Park, taking Trust for Public Land, Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, Kaiser Permanente, and local community members one step closer to realizing that goal.  This new two-acre nature park in the San Fernando Valley community of Reseda will provide access to a portion of the river that has been closed for generations. Among the 9,000 community members to be served by the new park are residents of low-income and senior housing and students at several schools. Future improvements include a footbridge across Aliso Creek, a pedestrian path, an enlargement to the L.A. River bike path, and additional river access.