Ten years in development, the Los Angeles River Ecosystem Restoration Plan got the green light from the L.A. City Council and the U.S. Congress in 2016. The approved plan, called Alternative 20, envisions an 11-mile stretch of river, from Griffith Park to downtown, replete with terraced banks, native vegetation, open spaces and increased opportunities for public recreation. Wildlife restoration recommendations include creation and reestablishment of historic riparian strand and freshwater marsh habitats, reconnecting the river to its historic flood plain, restoring confluences with major tributaries and, for the first time since channelization, removing concrete. Prepared in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, L.A. County and stakeholders, the plan calls for the City to acquire and repurpose key parcels along the river. In January 2017, the City Council unanimously approved the nearly $60 million purchase of the G2 parcel – commonly referred to as the River’s “crown jewel.” The 42-acre parcel, on the River’s east bank north of Downtown, will open up more than one mile of direct riverfront access and will provide much-needed open space and habitat restoration. Engineering and design activities are slated to begin later this year.