The Los Angeles River Revitalization Corp. on Tuesday will announce an ambitious goal: Completing a continuous 51-mile greenway and bike path along the river by the end of the decade.
The news comes as a second nonprofit group dedicated to improving the river, Friends of the Los Angeles River, is working behind the scenes on even bigger plans. That group and L.A. officials are lobbying the Army Corps of Engineers in Washington to endorse a $1.06-billion plan to restore and remake 11 miles of the river between Union Station and Griffith Park.
The Army Corps is also considering less costly alternatives for that stretch as it readies a restoration feasibility study -- a long-delayed and much-anticipated document that itself has cost roughly $10 million to produce -- for release later this summer.
Even if a cheaper Army Corps plan is put in place, the effort promises dramatic improvements for the river and public access to it as it passes near downtown, including removing some of the concrete that wraps it like a straitjacket.