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It's easy to give someone an award, but one ends up wondering, "What does it all mean?" Early this month, the Los Angeles River's Greenway got a great honor. I explored what that all means for anyone biking, walking, and enjoying the greenway. 

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Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Zach Behrens
Published: 19 June 2012, KCET

Part of Confluence, a KCET Departures series telling the multitude of stories along the Los Angeles River. 


The seven-mile trail from the north side of Griffith Park at Riverside Drive along the Los Angeles River to Barclay Street in Elysian Valley is now officially a National Recreational Trail (NRT), announced Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Director of the National Park Service Jonathan B. Jarvis early this month.

The Los Angeles River Greenway/Bike Path shares the honor with 54 other trails this year, adding almost 1,400 miles to the National Trails System. What does it all mean? Basically, it means the "federal government has acknowledged that this is a valuable trail. It meets basic criteria in terms of quality and that, it's a trail highly valued at the local level," says Anne Dove of the National Park Service, Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance in Southern California. [read more]

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