LA River Valley Bikeway and Greenway Design Completion Project (Vanalden to Balboa)

The City of Los Angeles (the City) is proposing to construct a 2.9-mile bikeway and greenway facilities project located along the LA River in the West San Fernando Valley of the City of Los Angeles. The proposed Project includes the installation of bicycle and pedestrian pathways, construction of undercrossing and river parks, and on-street improvements to increase access to the LA River Bikeway in this area. The purpose of the proposed Project is to provide recreational opportunities and bicyclist connectivity in the Encino-Tarzana Community Planning Area. The proposed Project would connect the existing LA River Bikeway and close existing bikeway gaps along the LA River. The proposed Project would connect to the active transportation network throughout the region and provide new pedestrian and bicycle access and connectivity to transit, residential homes, schools, jobs, parks, and other community-serving amenities for the surrounding communities. Construction of the proposed Project is anticipated to begin in the Fall 2022 and last for approximately three years.

The proposed Project is located along the LA River extending from Vanalden Avenue to Balboa Boulevard and travels adjacent to nearby communities of Reseda, Lake Balboa, and Encino in the City of Los Angeles (Council Districts 3, 5, and 6). It would be located on the south side of the LA River from Vanalden Avenue to White Oak Avenue and on the north side of the river from White Oak Avenue to Balboa Boulevard. Throughout the project area, the LA River is surrounded primarily by medium- and low residential communities in addition to open space and recreational areas, including the Reseda Park and Recreation Center, Sepulveda Basin Recreation area, Lake Balboa/Anthony C. Beilenson Park, Balboa Sports Center, and Balboa Golf Course.

In compliance with the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), an Initial Study (IS) has been prepared to assess the potential environmental impacts of this project. Mitigation measures have been incorporated into the project to ensure that any impacts are reduced to a less than significant level. The DRAFT Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration will be circulated for a thirty (30) day public review period, beginning on October 7, 2021 and ending on November 6, 2021. Comments will be received on the DRAFT document and will be responded to in the FINAL document.

A copy of the DRAFT document may be obtained through the links below or by contacting Chris Adams of the Bureau of Engineering at or (213) 485-5910.

All comments must be submitted in writing no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 6, 2021 by emailing to (please include “Los Angeles River Bikeway and Greenway Project Comments” in the subject line), or physical mailing/hand delivery to: Chris Adams, City of Los Angeles, Department of Public Works, Bureau of Engineering, 1149 S. Broadway, Suite 600 Los Angeles, CA 90015.

Report (Click on italicized text to view report)                                                           Review Status Public Review Period
Notice of Intent    
Draft IS/MND Open October 7, 2021 - November 6, 2021
Appendix A -Tree Removal Plan    
Appendix B - Storm Drainage Plan    
Appendix C - AQ & GHG    
Appendix D - Biological Resources Assessment    
Appendix E - Cultural Resources Assessment    
Appendix F - Paleontological Resources    
Appendix G - Geology    
Appendix H - Hazards    
Appendix I - Traffic    
Appendix J - Noise