City officials are pressing for nearly $1 million more in state funding for the second phase of the long-awaited Glendale Narrows Riverwalk, which has moved forward slowly in recent years due to roadblocks involving property access and funding.
The project is part of a much larger effort to beautify and restore the Los Angeles River for recreational use. Its components range from equestrian amenities to bike and pedestrian paths. But the state financial crisis, coupled with hang-ups over property easements, has extended the timeline for Glendale’s portion.
Now, with work on the first phase of the project well underway, the City Council on Tuesday directed officials to ask the California River Pathways Grant Program for $975,000 to help pay for the second section.
The money would pay for a park, interpretive signs and a river outlook with seating areas near the L. A. River along Fairmont Avenue and Flower Street. The second phase also will include a small bridge across a storm drain outlet into the river, which will be paid for with other funds, according to a city report.