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Long Beach RiverLink Project Conclusions

Based upon the objectives of the project, the design team evaluated the proposed design concepts to judge if the project goals were achieved. Download complete PDF of the Conclusions section of the study.

As a vision document, this plan encourages further planning efforts addressing connectivity across the region. The significance of this vision is great in relation to Long Beach, yet it is just a small piece of what needs to happen over the entire Los Angeles basin, connecting people and wildlife to major open space reserves.
Greenways, developed as a modular system along the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers and their tributaries will create significant north/south connections. Greenbelts developed along under-used right-of-ways will connect the smaller local parks and complete the system. The ‘kit of parts’ approach will allow for individual pieces to be implemented at any time and serve their function while other parts of the system are being put into place. This is the ultimate vision for connecting people to open space, of which the Long Beach RiverLink is a significant step.

Goal 1: Reconnect the neighborhoods of the westside of Long Beach to the Los Angeles River and its natural and cultural heritage.


  • Identify barriers to river access and propose solutions to overcoming them in a way that encourages universal access, walking, bicycling, and mass transit use.
  • Integrate multiple modes of transportation into a unified system between the neighborhoods of the westside of Long Beach and the Los Angels River.
  • Enhance the image of the westside of Long Beach and create connections to local attractions such as the Los Angeles River, the Aquarium of the Pacific, and downtown Long Beach.
  • Reveal the cultural heritage of the westside of Long Beach neighborhoods throughout the RiverLink system.

Goal 2: Increase and enhance the amount of safe, accessible, public parklands, and open space in the westside of Long Beach.


  • Identify potential park sites adjacent to the Los Angeles River and propose strategies for integrating them into an open space network and greenway system connecting neighborhoods, schools, parks, and shopping, with the Los Angeles River.
  • Propose creative strategies to redefine open space in order to increase the total amount of open space in Long Beach and to promote open space connectivity throughout the region.
  • Enhance the urban nature of the westside of Long Beach, connecting people to the natural environment through the creation of urban habitats and demonstrations.
  • Mitigate the urban heat island effect as well as pollution from vehicular transportation.
  • Propose strategies for the adaptive reuse of existing sites and infrastructure as well as strategies mitigating site pollution using native vegetation and coordinating with city remediation efforts.
  • Provide opportunities for outdoor education, integrating classrooms with the natural environment.
  • Provide opportunities for outdoor recreation integrated with open spaces across the westside of Long Beach.

Goal 3: Promote citizen participation in the public process for open space planning, development, and stewardship


  • Formulate a place-based planning framework that will assist in the development of a community vision for the RiverLink project and will promote citizen participation in all stages of the process.

This evaluation indicates that the RiverLink vision meets the project objectives stated at the beginning of this document and fulfills the goals of the San Pedro Bay Estuary Project, The Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine, and the 606 design team.

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