The program will provide upkeep services across 18 miles of L.A. River paths and good jobs for young people
LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti launched the L.A. River Rangers program, a new initiative that will hire 127 young Angelenos to care for 18 miles of the City’s public spaces along the L.A. River.
“Our river has become a remarkable treasure – a place for families and friends to connect with the natural world, and a new artery that takes Angelenos around our City where they need to go without a car,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “By ensuring the areas around the river stay clean and accessible, this new program will help our river realize its full potential as a precious resource and thoroughfare for our communities – all while connecting young Angelenos with opportunities that can help jumpstart their career.”
The L.A. River Rangers program is the first of its kind to provide service across all of the City’s L.A. River public spaces. When fully staffed, Rangers will serve all public paths, trails, and bridges along the river located in the City of Los Angeles. Rangers will be deployed along four sectors of the River: west of Sepulveda Basin, in the Basin, east of the Basin, and in the Glendale Narrows.
The program is funded by a $5.2 million grant from the Californians for All Youth Job Corps program and will be managed by the Los Angeles Conservation Corps under the direction of the Board of Public Works. The program will be funded for 18 months and will provide a runway to develop a permanent program. Workers can be part- or full- time, and applicants can be up to 30 years old. For more information and to apply to be a River Ranger, visit HireLAYouth.com.
“Under the leadership of Mayor Garcetti, the L.A. River has really become a jewel of the City of Los Angeles,” said Aura Garcia, President of the Los Angeles Board of Public Works. “This program is a win-win -- for young Angelenos being employed to care for public right of way areas, as well as for our residents who come to enjoy all the recreational opportunities the L.A River offers.”
“We are so excited to be kicking off the River Rangers program as the newest part of the #CaliforniansForAll Youth Jobs Corps,” said Josh Fryday, Chief Service Officer for California Volunteers. “Young people will get an opportunity to learn valuable skills, clean up the LA river, and join thousands of their peers across the city and state to improve their communities."
“The LA Conservation Corps is honored to be a part of launching this program along the L.A. River." said Wendy Butts, CEO of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps. "Our Corpsmembers have worked to care for the River for many years, and we’re excited to continue this partnership with the City of L.A., through support from the Californians for All Youth Job Corps, to steward this treasure in our backyard and lead the River Rangers program.
Mayor Garcetti has made Los Angeles River Restoration a priority of his administration and has greatly expanded the River’s open spaces, natural habitats, and connected path system that will one day stretch 51 miles through the heart of the City. During his tenure, Mayor Garcetti expanded the River’s paths by seven miles, and directed the City to construct three bicycle and pedestrian bridges over the river from 2018 to 2022, including the Taylor Yard Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge in March of this year, and the Red Car Pedestrian Bridge and the North Atwater Bridge, both of which were completed in early 2020.
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