Olmsted Alive! 'Emerald Necklace' Plan Proposed for Los Angeles

Inspired by a park system proposal by Frederick Law Olmsted from 1930 to build a network of parks and open space throughout the city, a coalition of advocates is reviving the idea of connecting people and parks throughout Los Angeles.
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"The Emerald Necklace Expanded Vision plan, a multi-partner visionary project spearheaded by Amigos de los Rios and the Conservation Fund, aims to connect the forests of the San Gabriel mountain range with the waters of the Pacific through a network of public park space, bike and walking trails, and restored waterways," reports Sarah Goodyear.

"The new, expanded plan provides, according to the Conservation Fund, 'a comprehensive and strategic guide to creating a network of parks and public open spaces connected by river greenways and trails.'"

Amigos de los Rios points to ten park projects completed in the last ten years as evidence of the proposals viability.

Full Story: Ambitious L.A. Parks Plan Will Require Coordination of 88 Cities

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