Team selected to update the LA River Master Plan

LA River Master Plan

The LA County Board of Supervisors announced recently that the County has attracted a world-class team to help update the LA River Master Plan, a comprehensive blueprint covering all 51 miles of the River. The effort to update the LA River Master Plan was launched in late 2016 to modernize an existing 1996 plan, synthesize more recent ideas for portions of the River, and bring a coherent and comprehensive vision to the transformation and re-imagining of the LA River.

The Master Plan Team will be led by LA County Department of Public Works with support from engineering firm Geosyntec which is responsible for the technical water and engineering elements of the Master Plan. Joining Geosyntec on the Master Plan team are the celebrated architect/design firms OLIN and Gehry Partners. Nonprofit River LA will lead the development of an extensive and inclusive community engagement and outreach process. This team was selected via a competitive process.

“As landscape architects, we are thrilled to have this opportunity to reconnect the River to the diverse communities of Los Angeles County and to one another — to be part of a rich public engagement process that will bring this transformative work to fruition,” said landscape architect Laurie Olin. “Few such opportunities exist today anywhere in our country to help so many as the enhancement and transformation of the multi-functional historic Los Angeles River infrastructure into what will become fifty-one miles of community serving park and recreation space. Frederick Law Olmsted would applaud the County’s ambition.”

For the last several years, architect Frank Gehry and his team have studied the Los Angeles River in hopes of better understanding both its limitations and its abundant opportunities. “I am proud to share the data we have assembled to inform the County’s updated Master Plan,” said architect Frank Gehry. “We will be exploring and studying meaningful options for open space use while respecting the flood control mandate and other water engineering requirements of the river. I look forward to working with the County, our many partners in the city of Los Angeles and other County cities, nonprofit partners, and the public through the Master Plan process as we translate ideas into action.”

A stakeholder engagement process is already underway in partnership with River LA. County officials will be seeking input from the public online and through community engagement events. In addition, a Steering Committee is being formed, comprised of community leaders, technical experts, and a wide variety of other stakeholders. The Steering Committee members are expected to be named in mid-March.

Source | LA River

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