I want to share some details about a beautification project that Team Mitch is leading at the Los Angeles River in Atwater Village.

This month we are focusing on the stretch of the River from Acresite Street toward Fletcher Drive. Maybe you’ve seen the area -- the wall and fences are a frequent target for taggers, trees are in distress due to the ongoing drought, and overall the area needs improving.

In an effort to beautify this part of the river, we are partnering with Northeast Trees, Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA), Los Angeles Conservation Corps’ River Team, and the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council. Thanks to a small maintenance grant received by Northeast Trees, volunteers will remove invasive plants and weeds along the river bank and distribute mulch near the Acresite Street cul-de-sac.

It’s been almost a decade since Northeast Trees and MRCA created the pocket park at this location. Due to the theft and vandalism of the drip irrigation lines, many plants did not survive. Now thanks to MRCA, the irrigation system will be repaired. We will plant new trees, shrubs, and plants that will cover much of the retaining walls. This Saturday morning beautification project will be ongoing through the months of November and December, except for the weekends of Thanksgiving and Christmas.

We need the community’s help to be the eyes and ears along the river and to report illegal dumping, graffiti and vandalism anywhere along the LA River. Come partner with us and our river organizations and RSVP to become a volunteer here

Step by step, we are working to beautify our precious resource that is the Los Angeles River.

Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell

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