Thousands of volunteers participated in the 22nd annual Mayor’s L.A. River Day Cleanup (“La Gran Limpieza”) on Saturday, April 30th.  The project was organized in conjunction with The Friends of the L.A. River;  an organization that focuses on the restoration and protection of the river through planning and education.

Actors Daphne Zuniga, Esai Morales, Sharon Lawrence and other volunteer groups met at various points along 50 mile river between San Fernando Valley to where it flows into the ocean at Long Beach.

The event included a check presentation from Pine-Sol to Girls Today Women Tomorrow Leadership Mentoring Program and a performance by Ozomatli.

With this event, I’ve become more familiar with the River Revitalization Project and have seen some pretty amazing renderings.  The completed project looks beautiful.  The Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan is a 25-50 year blueprint to transform the City’s 32-mile stretch of the L.A. River into a continuous linking of green communities.

Before & After
Existing conditions downstream of Sepulveda Dam in Van Nuys (2006),
and potential improvements to provide terraced access on one side of the
River and a large native wildlife habitat area on the other side.

To learn more about the River Revitalization Project and to get some serious and authentic L.A. tacos and raspas, join Friends of the Los Angeles River for a special tour with HiddenLA:

River Tour, Tacos & Raspados
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Elysian Valley-Long Beach,
w/tacos and raspados stops in Boyle Heights and City of Bell
8:30am-~5pm (carpool–w/option to leave midday) 
To sign up, and for more info click here
May 4, 2011