25th ANNIVERSARY OF FRIENDS OF THE LOS ANGELES RIVER’S LA GRAN LIMPIEZA: THE GREAT LOS ANGELES RIVER CLEAN-UP
OVER THREE WEEKENDS, THOUSANDS OF VOLUNTEERS TO JOIN IN
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti
Col. Kimberly Colloton, PMP, Commander and District Engineer of the Los Angeles District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Friends of the Los Angeles River co-founder/president Lewis MacAdams
Volunteers from dozens of companies, schools and community organizations including Anheuser-Busch, Bank of America, Van Nuys High School, and CSUN Outdoor Adventures
WHEN: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Media Availability at 9 am, cleanup from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Media Availability: Los Angeles River at Anthony C Beilenson Park
Media availability parking entrance at 6182 Balboa Blvd 91316, follow signs
Clean-up at four sites from Sepulveda Basin to City of Glendale
25th anniversary volunteer-driven Los Angeles River clean-up.
Hundreds of volunteers clearing and tons of debris from riverbed vegetation. Sorting river trash into categories, weighing and recording it for scientific data collection. Small groups hefting bulky items. “Soft-bottom” section of Los Angeles River, lush with vegetation that is habitat for birds and fish, distinct from typical concrete images.
A quarter-century ago, the few Angelenos who knew of the Los Angeles River thought of it as a drag strip or a storm drain. Today, its restoration as “a greenway from the mountains to the sea” is a widely shared civic goal, inspired by Friends of the Los Angeles River’s 25 years of organizing an annual river clean-up. From humble beginnings with only 10 volunteers in 1989, “La Gran Limpieza” anticipates drawing 3,000 volunteers to the river’s banks and pulling approximately 25 tons of trash out of it—trash that would otherwise end up in the Pacific Ocean.
Because of its growing civic importance, the river clean-up has been divided into three consecutive Saturday. This clean-up will address areas between the Sepulveda Basin and Griffith Park, with the subsequent two Saturday’s cleaning up the lower Glendale Narrows and areas near Long Beach.