The Glendale City Council this week unanimously approved spending $800,000 on two bridges, one of which will connect the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk to the other side of the Los Angeles River and an expanse of parkland there.
The riverwalk has been discussed for more than a decade and is part of a larger effort to beautify and restore the Los Angeles River for recreational use. Its components range from equestrian amenities to bike and pedestrian paths. About $1.7 million in construction work for the first phase of the project, from Bette Davis Park on Paula Avenue to the edge of DreamWorks Animation near Flower Street, is already underway.
One bridge will connect a trail between the first phase of the riverwalk to the second portion, which continues a bike and pedestrian pathway to the Verdugo Wash. The other bridge would run over the Los Angeles River to Griffith Park.
The bridges are to get $400,000 each, according to a city report. The money will cover the construction of the trail bridge over a drainage channel into the Los Angeles River and the preliminary engineering for the Griffith Park bridge.