Last year was a huge one for the long-neglected LA River: after decades as a flood control channel, it officially restarted life as a "navigable waterway" and was opened for public recreation for the first time since it was encased in concrete back in the 1930s. But that was only the first year on a very long journey to recovery. In May, the Army Corps of Engineers decided to push an ambitious plan for restoration and greening along 11 miles of the river stretching from the northern side of Griffith Park through Downtown (concrete will be removed!); meanwhile, LA County and the cities that line the river all have dozens of their own big plans for parks, paths, bridges, art projects, and more. For Outdoors Week, we've attempted to map every future project (and some that have recently opened already)—they're not all guaranteed to happen, but they are all serious proposals from groups prepared to make them happen.
Besides the individual points on the map, there's also Greenway 2020, a plan to close every last gap in the bike path along the river's 51 miles, and the newly-created River Improvement Overlay District (RIO) and Los Angeles River Improvement Overlay Zone (LA-RIO), which will help govern development along the river in Northeast LA.Read More