UPDATE: LA River Recreation Zone extended to October 1

ELYSIAN VALLEY -- The City of Los Angeles, in partnership with the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA), announced the start of the LA River Recreation Zone, Councilmembers Mitch O’Farrell and Nury Martinez announced this week.

USACE approved two recreation zones in the City of Los Angeles: one along the Glendale Narrows in Elysian Valley and another in the Sepulveda Basin. Through the efforts of O’Farrell’s office, the City funded two recreation zones for the second year.

“I am thrilled to be able to work with our partners on the local and federal level to make the Los Angeles River accessible to everyone during the summer months, “said O’Farrell who represents the Elysian Valley neighborhood where the Glendale Narrows is located. ”Angelenos from far and wide will be able to see wildlife, touch the waterway, and experience a taste of nature at our urban core.”


The recreation zone in the Glendale Narrows runs a course of 2.5 miles. The Sepulveda Basin Recreation Zone is 2 miles in length.

“Summer is always a special season for Valley residents,” said Martinez. “If you missed it last year, paddling the LA River creates wonderful opportunities for families across Los Angeles to spend time together outdoors and enjoy the beauty of the Sepulveda Basin.”

The Mountain Recreation and Conservation Authority says anyone can bring their kayak or other non-motorized navigable boat to either the Elysian Valley River Recreation Zone or the Sepulveda Basin River Recreation Zone from sunrise to sunset every day.  

Guided tours will also be offered by independent vendors at both locations.  Kayak rentals will be available at Marsh Park in Elysian Valley on the weekends.  The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority will manage both recreation zones.

In addition, there are Community Paddle Evening events that offer locals the chance to learn how to paddle and participate in LA River recreation.  LA River Kayak Safari (LARKS) also provides canoes for very young and older patrons who can be toured, even if they are not able to paddle themselves. Last year, around 250 community members participated in three Community Paddle Evenings.

These programs will operate from May 25, 2015 through Monday, September 7, and seasonally thereafter. For more information, see this link.

O’Farrell is the Chair of the City’s Arts, Parks, Health, Aging, and LA River committee.

UPDATE: Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell and his Council colleagues voted to extend the LA River Recreation Zone until October 1st. The Councilmember will also discuss a 5 year plan for the Rec Zone in his Arts, Parks, and LA River Committee later this month.

PHOTO: LA Kayak River Safari


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