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Bridge from Glendale to Griffith Park could get $20 million

Miguel Ordeñana and A Martinez hike up to a wildlife camera in Griffith Park.
Miguel Ordeñana and A Martinez hike up to a wildlife camera in Griffith Park.
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Residents of Glendale and Atwater Village may soon have an easier way to access the expansive green space of Griffith Park, thanks to a proposed bridge connecting the neighborhood to the park. 

The Glendale Narrows Riverwalk project would feature a bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly bridge bisecting the Los Angeles River, giving the area's 100,000-plus residents direct access to the park. 

"Those are people who live literally in the shadow of Griffith Park but can't access it," said Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, D-Glendale. "This bridge would go a long way toward giving connectivity to one of the largest urban parks in the country."

The bill, which passed through the state assembly earlier this month, would secure $20 million for the project if signed by Governor Jerry Brown. Friedman said she expects he will, given his participation in negotiations for the bill. 

"I think it's a huge victory for this area... to have this bridge be on the table," Friedman said.

Friedman expects that the project would also open the area to bike paths connecting to downtown Los Angeles, which may be used for commuting by bike.