We provide communities with the tools they need to reclaim their riverfront lands.

Valleyheart Greenway

As part of our Valleyheart Greenway Design and Educational Program, 4th grade and 5th grade students at Carpenter Elementary School not only worked with us to create the landscape design, they also created conceptual designs for various amenities on the Greenway.The County funded implementation of the project’s south bank, which was completed in June 2004.

A design for the project's entrance gate on Laurel Canyon Blvd. was created by student Michael Harris. We brought in local artist Lahni Baruck, who translated Michael's concept into reality, respecting Michael's inspiration and creating a functional structure that draws attention to the greenway and remind people that toads once called the Los Angeles River home.

Other amenities include the Butterfly Bench, Snake Wall, Butterfly and Hummingbird Gardens and the Story Fence. The Butterfly Bench is inscribed with a quote from Thoreau and the stones on the snake wall are engraved with the names of children who participated in the design of the park.

Photo Album: Building the Great Toad Gate

Photo Album: Valleyheart Opening

River Guide listing and map

LA Times Article on the opening of the Valleyheart Greenway

The Great Toad Gate at Valleyheart Greenway
Blooming salvias lure native birds and insects
Matilija poppy
Fragrant Salvia clevelandii
The Butterfly Garden
Valleyheart Greenway
Native sunflowers
Valleyheart Greenway
Valleyheart Greenway