How will Eastside residents be able to access Metro’s proposed remaining portion of the Los Angeles River Path for bikers and pedestrians? And what will the path along Maywood, Boyle Heights, downtown Los Angeles, Chinatown and Cypress Park –among other communities– look like and relate to those communities?

A series of scoping meetings beginning Tuesday in Boyle Heights will give local stakeholders an opportunity to review and provide commentary on the three alternatives being considered by Metro for a project, slated to be completed in 2028, that aims to close an eight-mile gap in the river path between the Elysian Valley and the City of Maywood. When completed, the path would run continuously from the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach.

An environmental study of the three alternatives –with varying entry points and design concepts– began in October and an official 45-day public comment period for this phase of the project runs through December 6.  

The first scoping meeting will take place Tuesday, from 6 to 8 pm, at the Boyle Heights Senior Center (2839 E 3rd St). There will be Spanish interpretation available and free but limited parking. A second scoping meeting will take place Wednesday, also from 6 to 8 pm, at the St. Francis Xavier Chapel Maryknoll Auditorium (222 S. Hewitt St.) in Little Tokyo. Spanish and Japanese interpretation will be available, as well as free parking.

Two other scoping meetings will take place this week: one on Thursday in Maywood and another Saturday in Cypress Park.

Besides attending the scoping meetings, stakeholders are able to provide their comments online. A full description of the project is available on its website,, and public comment can be submitted here.  

An overview of the project is also provided in this video:

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