L.A. River’s Linear Central Park

It is in the plans, as this story from the Los Angeles Times reports and reminds us that is exactly what the American River Parkway is and why we use the Central Park Conservancy as our model of how the Parkway should be managed.

An excerpt from the LA Times article.

Partners in the firm of renowned architect Frank Gehry publicly unveiled on Friday the first steps they have taken toward what appears to be a comprehensive redesign of the Los Angeles River.

They said the project could include a reengineering of the river to improve water reclamation and an overarching scheme for parkland, real estate development and bicycle and pedestrian paths along the waterway’s 52 miles.

In the architects’ briefing with reporters, the contours of Gehry’s so-far mysterious vision of a redeveloped river began to take shape.

Gehry’s partners said the project is in its infancy: To date their team has only surveyed the river and developed most of a detailed, three-dimensional landscape model of the kind Gehry insists on creating before beginning work on buildings and master plans.

But they also made clear the scope of their eventual ambitions for the largely derelict drainage channel that cuts through the Los Angeles Basin.

At this early stage, architect Anand Devarajan said, Gehry’s eventual goal is to create “a continuous experience along the river.” One of the displays shown to the media said that public space along the river “could be reimagined as a linear Central Park.”

Retrieved October 29, 2015 from http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-gehry-river-plans-20150828-story.html


About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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