In December 2012, North East Trees completed the construction of the Glendale Narrows Riverwalk Park at the Glendale Narrows, in the City of Glendale. This linear park enhances roughly half a mile of the City of Glendale’s frontage along the Los Angeles River which until recently was neglected, derelict, and closed to the public.
The Glendale Narrows is one of the only three soft-bottom portions of the river that runs through Atwater and by Griffith Park.
New ornamental metal gates for the project were designed and fabricated by local artist Brett Goldstone; the imagery for the gates was inspired by scenes along this stretch of the river.
The park is landscaped with native California trees and shrubs such as California sycamore, blue elderberry, and hummingbird sage which are naturally drought resistant. This habitat restoration is already attracting native birds to the area by providing food and shelter that are suited to them.
There is now a newly enhanced and restored equestrian area, vista points, landscaped pocket parks with picnic areas, and amenities such as drinking fountains, benches, picnic tables, and a bicycle rack. Seat walls made of river rocks and boulders provide an attractive and natural setting for outings.
The park also includes a stormwater catchment and infiltration bioswale. Stormwater from the adjacent properties, the trail, and equestrian facility now flows through this bioswale. Rocks and native plantings slow water flow and let it filter into the ground, cleansing the contaminants, and replenishing ground water.