City of LA Officially Breaks Ground on Taylor Yard Bridge
Monday morning marked the official groundbreaking of Taylor Yard Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge (a.k.a. Rumblefish), our bright orange span connecting the Elysian Valley on the river’s eastern bank to Cypress Park on the western bank, and the L.A. River Bike Path to the future 42-acre Taylor Yard G2 River Park. Residents and visitors will be able to use the 400-foot bridge as a multi-modal transportation option to safely cross the river year-round.
The day's ceremony was led by Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Gil Cedillo and Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, with community constituents, representatives from the Bureau of Engineering, and team members from SPF:architects and ARUP in attendance.
“The L.A. River has always been a source of vitality for the generations of people that have called our region home,” said Mayor Garcetti. “This bridge builds upon that legacy by expanding walking and biking paths, and opening access to green space that strengthens our communities and helps Angelenos lead active lives.”
The bridge will also advance the administration’s goals of assuring that 56 percent of Angelenos live within one-half mile of a park or open space (Sustainable City Plan). Together, the Taylor Yard G2, and G1 parcels will provide Elysian Valley and Cypress Park residents to approximately 100 acres of open space.
The $20.6 million project—funded through an agreement with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)—is expected to wrap early 2021.