LA River

As Chair of the City’s Arts, Parks, and River Committee, Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell is committed to restoring our Los Angeles River, and improving the visitor experience at our world-class park facilities across the city.

Here are some of the top highlights:

-O’Farrell directed policy to establish the first Enhanced Infrastructure Financing District (EIFD) to capture millions of current property tax dollars for habitat restoration, brownfield remediation, improvements to the public rights of way, and generate revenue for the production of low and moderate income housing.

-O’Farrell supported the opening up of the Los Angeles River Recreation Zone which  allows by permit independent, unscheduled, free boating and fishing access in the Los Angeles River to the general public.  

-O’Farrell collaborated with the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation to initiate a number of changes to support the enforcement of reckless riding on the Los Angeles River Bike and Pedestrian Path.

-O’Farrell worked to preserve the character of Elysian Valley, by imposing  guidelines restricting height and preventing out-of-scale developments along the Los Angeles River.

-O’Farrell sponsors the annual Frogtown Artwalk.

-O’Farrell contracts with the LA Conservation Corps, to serve as the CD13 River Clean Team, to provide general clean-up and beautification along the neighborhoods adjacent to the LA River.


-O’Farrell dedicated the reopening of the Hollyhock House at Barnsdall Park in East Hollywood, and announced a $3.2 million dollar renovation project at the Hollyhock guest house, known as Residence A.

-O’Farrell utilized Prop K funds to rebuild the Hollywood Pool facility, and worked with staff to identify funds to make improvements at Carlton Way Pocket Park and Smith Park in Hollywood, Seily Rodriguez Park in East Hollywood, Bellevue Recreation Center in Silver Lake, and he is currently working on a plan to install a skate park at the Echo Park Recreation Center.  

-O’Farrell contracts with the LA Conservation Corps to provide maintenance along the Silver Lake Walking Path around the Silver Lake Reservoir.

-Collaborated with the Los Angeles Police Department and Youth Policy institute to install a new security camera, as well as a new mosaic at a nearby tunnel under the 101 Freeway.

For more information on Councilmember O’Farrell’s policy initiatives along the LA River and throughout our parks system, please contact our Legislative Director David Giron at or 213-473-7013.