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County Approves Money to Study Parks & Greenways Along 17-Miles of River

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A plan to bring a network of parks, greenways and trails along 17 miles of the San Gabriel and Rio Hondo rivers in the San Gabriel Valley took a big step Tuesday when L.A. County Board of Supervisors approved money for a feasibility study, according to the Pasadena Star News. The so-called Emerald Necklace plan would connect 10 cities, about 500,000 people, via a loop formed by the two rivers, says Amigos de los Rios, the nonprofit that created the plan in 2005.

"It has the potential to become a world-class new park network on the scale of Central Park in New York and will be a significant piece of the vision for an urban L.A. connected by river greenways conceived by Central Park’s progenitor, Fredrick Law Olmsted," describes their website.

Both rivers lead to the Los Angeles river, where plans are also afoot to develop a 51-mile greenway.