Right of Ways

During our research and outreach with all of the River-adjacent communities, we became aware of several additional, underutilized assets in addition to the LA River channel. We are in the process of gathering data sets to quantify all river-adjacent land that could be available for conversion to green space, river access, and other water quality improvement projects.  To date, we have been able to quantify more than 27,000 acres for evaluation as potential new open space. If one simply overlaid the currently analyzed Right of Ways (ROW), it becomes obvious that there is an existing network of land that can be used to create connected open space and connected corridors between open space patches, as outlined in Ecology.

LA River and Tributaries ROW

The total footprint area of the LA River channel bottom is roughly 1,000 acres. If we look at the County’s maintenance map, we can see the extensive nature of channelized waterways. Each of these will usually have an access ROW on one or both sides for at least some portion. If we analyze the data set of the river, its tributaries, and any corresponding ROW, the total grows to 15,400 acres.

Imagine if each of these could provide some level of additional open space for our community.

  • The total footprint area of the LA River channel bottom is roughly 1,000 acres.
  • The LA County’s maintenance map shows the extensive nature of channelized waterways.
  • Each channel will usually have an access ROW on one or both sides for some portion.
  • Datasets of the LA River, its tributaries and corresponding ROW total 15,400 acres.
  • Datasets from LA Metro in progress.
  • Important and attainable opportunity to add networked open space to our communities.

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(Lower Left) By themaeeandhisfriend (Public Domain), via Wikimedia Commons
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Utility ROW

During our outreach to all the Lower LA River cities, we noticed significant area in utility ROW running through the cities, both parallel and perpendicular to the LA River. Each city discussed their successes and frustrations with trying to gain access to the utility ROW to create much needed open space for their community. The consistent feedback was that decision-making granting use was both inconsistent and unsystematic.
To date, we have gathered datasets for Southern California Edison and LA County Utility ROW’s. The total area in these two ROW’s is approximately 3,700 acres. We are still in the process of obtaining datasets for LA DWP ROW.

This appears to be an important and attainable opportunity to add networked open space to our communities.

  • All cities along LA River have significant area in utility ROW running through their city.
  • All Lower LA River cities we met with discussed their successes and frustrations with gaining access to create more community open space.
  • All cities outlined that decision making granting use of ROW was inconsistent and unsystematic.
  • Datasets from Southern California Edison and LA County Utility ROW’s total 3,700 acres.
  • Datasets from LA DWP in progress.
  • Important and attainable opportunity to add networked open space to our communities.

(Upper Left) By Ian Rutherford (CC by 4.0)
(Lower Left) © Gehry Partners LLP
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Rail ROW

During our outreach to all the Lower LA River cities, we noticed sizeable areas within the rail ROW. Again, these ROW were running through cities both parallel and perpendicular to the LA River.

To date, we have gathered datasets for the LA County rail ROW. The total area in these ROW is 8,500 acres. We are still in the process of obtaining datasets for LA Metro rail ROW.

Use of rail ROW is probably more complicated than obtaining other types of ROW, due to private ownership and active rail use. The actual amount of the rail ROW available for other uses requires more input and analysis than what has occurred so far.

  • All cities along LA River have significant area in rail ROW running through their city.
  • The rail ROW run through cities both parallel and perpendicular to the LA River.
  • Use of rail ROW’s is complicated due to private ownership and active rail use.
  • Datasets from LA County rail total 8,500 acres.
  • Datasets from LA Metro in progress.
  • Important and attainable opportunity to add networked open space to our communities.

(Upper Left) By Rights-to-Trails Conservancy (CC by 4.0)
(Lower Left) By Ben (CC by 4.0)
(Right) By © Gehry Partners LLP