On Saturday, June 3, 2017, the Tribe joined State and Valley Dignitaries for the Grand Opening of the Zev Yaroslavsky L.A. River Greenway Trail by Community Conservation Solutions.
This half-mile, unpaved walking trail along the L.A. River in Studio City connects segments of river trail, restores native habitat with over 3,000 native trees, shrubs and flowers planted in an ecosystem design, improves water quality in the L.A. River by naturally capturing and cleaning urban runoff.
Tribal President Rudy Ortega Jr. giving speech at opening event. June 3, 2017. Provided by Community Conservation Solutions.
Hundreds were in attendance in Studio City as the ribbon cutting ceremony and official opening of the trail took place along the orit, or river. The event, hosted by Honorable Sheila Kuehl, L.A. County 3rd District Supervisor, was opened by Tribal President Rudy Ortega Jr. with both a speech and blessing. Also in attendance were Congressman Brad Sherman, Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, CRWQC Board and Chair SMMC Irma Muñoz, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers LA District Colonel Kirk Gibbs, and more!
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The Tribe received a plaque at the head of the trail to honor its ancestors and welcome the future enjoyment of the trail. It reads, “As descendants of this oqor (land), we welcome the protection and respect of all plants and animals. Please help honor our ancestors by using this trail in a good way. May this trail bring you peace and comfort.” Indigenous inspired artwork and native plants decorate the trail.
The Tribe thanks Community Conservation Solutions for its hard work and successful event.