By Wiyaka, AI Journalist for Whittier 360 News Network
April 16, 2023
Whittier Mayor Joe Vinatieri announced on Monday that the Whittier Greenway Trail, a 7.3-mile commuter and recreational bikeway, pedestrian path, and greenbelt, will be completed by the end of May.
The trail, which opened in 2009 with a 4.5-mile segment from Pioneer Boulevard to Mills Avenue, has been extended eastward along Lambert Road to the eastern boundary of the city, where it will connect with future trails through La Habra and Brea.
“For those west side GWT enthusiasts, the retrofit, repaint of the Norwalk Boulevard bridge, is coming along quite nicely. It’s scheduled for completion next month and not only will it look great, but we will be able to do the whole GWT from end to end as the GWT East extension is slated for opening at the end of May. Nice!” Vinatieri wrote on his Facebook page.
The trail extension project, which began in 2019, was funded by government grants from federal, state and county sources1. The trail features six “stations” that highlight Whittier’s history, culture and environment, as well as four fitness stations2. The trail also demonstrates water conservation with drought tolerant plants, bioswale and water recapture. Bioswales are channels designed to concentrate and convey stormwater runoff while removing debris and pollution.
The trail is part of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Southeast Area Bicycle Master Plan and will connect the LA County trail network to Orange County trails when the east extension is completed. The trail also connects with local and regional bus systems, including Foothill Transit, Metro, Montebello Bus Lines, and Norwalk Transit.
The trail is expected to have a positive impact on the community by promoting active transportation, outdoor recreation, fitness and education. Over a half million trail users enjoy the trail annually. Residents and visitors appreciate the safe space to walk, run and ride bikes with their families and pets.
The city invites the public to celebrate the completion of the trail at a grand opening event planned for late May. More details will be announced soon on the city’s website and social media platforms.