Riverdale-Maple Glendale Greenway
The Physical Project component of the PLACE Grant is intended to serve as a showcase for street enhancements that will be considered and recommended by the Safe & Healthy Streets Plan. An east/west street corridor in South Glendale is proposed for the Physical Project. If approved, the corridor could serve as the spine for future designated walking routes that would be useful for reaching local destinations or could be used for recreation/exercise. The corridor could also be part of a future network of bikeways in the City.
Update April 2011
We’ve renamed the Greenway to the Riverdale-Maple Glendale Greenway. This is partially the result of signs we’re having designed for the corridor. “Glendale Greenway” helps to brand the project to Glendale while Neighborhood Greenway is the more common popular term.
On April 12, 2011, the Glendale City Council approved plans to move forward with construction of more improvements on the Greenway! The project should be complete by the end of this summer. To read an article about the Riverdale-Maple Glendale Greenway that was published in the Glendale News-Press, click here.
Here are more photos of the enhancements that have been completed so far. Except for the street trees that were planted in April 2010, all of these pedestrian and bicycle enhancements were incorporated into existing street improvement projects and were simply folded into those projects. The pedestrian/bike enhancements did not mean a significant increase in the overall budget for the existing projects and in many cases the project were funded with stimulus money from the Federal Government (ie part of those “shovel ready” projects we heard so much about in 2009). You can click on each image for a larger view.
Update November 2010
Renamed the Riverdale-Maple Neighborhood Greenway, the City has completed a number of bike and pedestrian improvements along the corridor, with more improvements in the works. Here’s a short review of completed projects so far.
Street Trees, April 2010 – Nearly 100 street trees were planted all along the Neighborhood Greenway to help provide future shade for pedestrians and cyclists. A group of volunteers helped plant about 20 trees during a community tree planting event on April 10th. All the trees were paid for with PLACE Grant funds.
Maple & Chevy Chase, Spring 2010 – Curb extensions were added to the northwest corner and southeast corner of the intersection at Maple and Chevy Chase. Part of a stimulus funded street improvement project, the curb extensions shorten the crossing distance and improves visibility so that pedestrians can cross Chevy Chase more safely. Sharrows were also painted on Chevy Chase as part of a Class III bike route and help connect Maple to a larger network of bikeways throughout the City.
Maple & Central, June 2010 – A new intersection at Central and Maple was installed. This intersection includes a traffic signal, curb extensions on the northeast and southwest corners with dual curb ramps, special in-pavement detectors on Maple and video detectors on Central so that cyclists can trigger the light.
Updated July 14, 2009
The Proposed Riverdale-Maple Bike-Pedestrian Corridor extends along Riverdale Drive and Maple Street from San Fernando Road and the Pacific Community Center on the west, past Maple Park in the middle, and ultimately to Carr Park on the east. Ten schools, three libraries, and the future Adult Recreation Center are all within walking distance of the physical project corridor. Here is a review of the project corridor that was prepared by Alta Planning and Design.
Many intersections along the corridor are already scheduled for rehabilitation or improvement as part of other projects, and many of the PLACE enhancements can be folded into those projects. On June 10, 2009, a community meeting was held at Pacific Park to obtain input from local residents along the project corridor. The project received strong support from the 20 community residents in attendance. The following images were developed to illustrate the proposed corridor improvements.