Updated May 12: The City of Glendale announced that it is postponing the meeting planned for May 17 regarding the pedestiran/bike path.
By Mary O’KEEFE
The Glendale City Council will hear from city staff, residents and community members on the proposed Verdugo Wash pedestrian/bike path as part of the council meeting on May 17 at 6 p.m. at the city council chambers, 613 E. Broadway, 2nd floor in Glendale. The Verdugo Wash, as described by the city’s Transportation and Parking Commission in a meeting in August 2015, runs parallel to the Ventura (134) Freeway for the most part in downtown Glendale. A part of it runs under the Hilton Hotel at 100 W. Glenoaks Blvd., goes to the Rossmoyne area, bends north toward Cañada Boulevard and Verdugo Drive. It continues past Glendale Community College and Verdugo Park through Oakmont Country Club then flanks the north side of the Verdugo Mountains. The wash then travels near neighborhoods in Whiting Woods and Sycamore Avenue, through Crescenta Valley Park and on to Tujunga and Sunland. The Verdugo Wash is a tributary of the Los Angeles River and is encased in concrete. The Verdugo Wash bike path would be part of the citywide bike plan the city adopted a few years ago and, although there is support for the bike path to wind its way through Crescenta Valley, the City of Glendale has yet to vote to approve. On May 17, the Council will continue to investigate the possible path by issuing an RFP (Request for Proposals). The funding of $400,000 is part of Metro and Measure R. The first $100,000 would be used to create a master plan, including several – up to six – community meetings. There was early support for the bike path with local residents Paul and Desiree Rabinov leading several informational meetings at local venues. But there are also concerns that have been raised by local residents that the Verdugo Wash path will cut through their neighborhoods. Neighbors have voiced their worries about the possibility of increased crime and the creation of an easy access to many of their homes. They have questions concerning how often police would patrol the paths. Those who support the path feel it is a good use for the wash and will give bicyclists a safe way to travel from Glendale to Crescenta Valley. The May 17 meeting is the time for all – those opposed to, in favor of and on the fence – to share their opinions and concerns. Glendale Mayor Paula Devine said no decision has been made and she will hold her opinion until she hears from those at Tuesday’s meeting. “I will look at all the information presented and make a decision based on public comments, staff and the EIR (Environmental Impact Report) and any other information I am able to gather to make a final decision,” she said.