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Trails, Park, Art: Glendale Narrows Riverwalk Opening

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It took over two years of construction but the first phase of the three-pronged Glendale Narrows Riverwalk opens December 12, the Glendale News Press reports. It was supposed to open in September but myriad bureaucratic and construction problems held that up. Anyway, onto the good news: the half-mile project starts near Bette Davis Park and runs along a soft-bottomed section of the LA River in Glendale. An art display, park, and walking trails were constructed--the space is open to pedestrians, cyclists, and horseback riders. Plans are underway to make kayaking trips available along the Narrows this summer, as well. Phase I cost $1.7 million, with partial funding from Measure R, the 2008 ballot initiative that raised taxes for transit, freeway, and pedestrian projects. There are two more phases to the Riverwalk, though full funding remains elusive. The complete Riverwalk experience includes a trail bridge near the edge of the DreamWorks offices (planning already underway) and, eventually, a bridge connecting the Riverwalk to Griffith Park.
· Opening date set for first part of Glendale Narrows Riverwalk [Glendale News Press]