The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a motion that would allow Angelenos to experience first-hand the soft bottom section of the LA River known as the Glendale Narrows.
The motion officially establishes the Los Angeles River Recreational Zone and provides greater public access to the LA River during the summer months.
Due to seasonal safety concerns associated with inclement weather, the US Army Corps of Engineers will not allow access to the River during LA's storm season.
Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, who chairs the City's Arts, Parks, Health, Aging, and Los Angeles River Committee posted the news on his Facebook.
"Glad to be playing a role in making sure the recreation zone along the Los Angeles River becomes a permanent summer pastime for Angelenos," said O'Farrell.
Last summer, the Recreational Zone was a pilot program that provided for a variety of activities to take place on the River: non-motorized boating (kayaking), fishing, bird watching and hiking.
The boundary of the Pilot Program included the river stretch between Fletcher Avenue/Rattlesnake Park to the North and the Confluence Park/Egret Park to the South.
The Recreational Zone will cover the same area, from May 26 through Labor Day.
The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority will partner with the City and provide the basic patrol and enforcement services as well as the emergency response. The City is looking into options to expand the resources available to fund expanded patrols and necessary equipment as the program grows.
A community impact report estimates that close to 3500 people visited the Los Angeles River during the pilot program, and tour operators are hoping the river excursions see an even greater turnout.
PHOTO CREDIT: LA KAYAK RIVER SAFARI