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River Projects: River Greenways

Projects include: providing technical assistance to states, local governments, and communities in developing plans and strategies for river corridors; supporting development of new river NGOs; helping cooperators weigh costs and benefits of introducing trail and other use to riparian areas.

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White River Greenway Trail Opens (River Greenways) 1.5-Mile Trail Ties into City's Alternative Transportation System

Hamilton County, IN (September 18, 1999)-A new 1.5 mile paved White River Greenway Trail opened, connecting the recently renovated Potter's Covered Bridge and Potter's Bridge Park with the City of Noblesville--where it will eventually tie into the city's alternative transportation system. The Rivers & Trails program of the National Park Service helped the Hamilton County Parks Department complete the paved trail by providing guidance on funding and adjacent landowner issues and marking out the actual route of the trail along the White River. Contact: Rory Robinson, National Park Service, Rivers & Trails Program, Ohio Field Office, (216) 657-2950.

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Los Angeles Riverwalk Opens Greenway

Los Angeles, CA (July 10, 1999) - Over 100 people celebrated the opening of the one-mile Los Feliz section of the Los Angeles Riverwalk, providing the first official access to one of the most popular river access points in Los Angeles County. Before construction of the riverwalk, people used to cut the chain link fence to gain access to the Los Angeles River. Now, a magnificent arched gateway, river rock walls, and broad steps lead up to the riverwalk which is furnished with benches, a picnic table and a wayside exhibit interpreting the 1,200-mile Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. This trail follows the route of Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza to the San Francisco Bay. Numerous partners helped develop the riverwalk including several offices of the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and North East Trees, a local non-profit who designed and constructed the riverwalk and gateway with help from local landscape architects and artists. Funding for the riverwalk and interpretive sign was provided by a National Park Service Challenge Cost Share Grant and Los Angeles County park bond funds. Between 1991 and 1996, the National Park Service's Rivers & Trails program helped local citizens and agencies develop the Los Angeles River Master Plan, which proposed the Los Angeles Riverwalk as a demonstration project.
Contacts: Meredith Kaplan, Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, (415) 427-1438 and Peg Henderson, National Park Service, Rivers & Trails Program, (415) 427-1448.

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Resources:

The Conservation Fund - American Greenways Program

How Greenways Work (handbook)

Trails and Greenways Clearinghouse

Greenways Archive

 

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