O'Farrell, Martinez Announce Start of LA River Recreation Zone

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 today.

Earlier this year, the United States Army Corp of Engineers (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 was able to secure and fund two recreation zones this year after a successful pilot program last summer in Elysian Valley.


“I am excited that we were able to open more of the Los Angeles River to the public for recreational purposes,” said O’Farrell. “Each year, we are making more progress to make our historic waterway an urban destination and a crown jewel for the City of Angels.”

The recreation zone in the Glendale Narrows runs a course of approximately 2.5 miles. The Sepulveda Basin Recreation Zone is 1.5 miles in length.

“It’s wonderful to see the new recreation zones come to life in the Los Angeles River,” said Martinez. “With access to the Sepulveda Basin in my district and the Glendale Narrows, families can enjoy the LA River safely this summer together."

"The recreation zone concept built upon the guided, non-motorized boating program at Sepulveda Basin, which started in 2011,” said David Van Dorpe, Deputy District Engineer for USACE. “We're committed to partnering with the city, county and non-governmental agencies to combine effective flood damage reduction, habitat restoration and recreation in an urban area. Providing safe and healthy recreation experiences is part of the Corps' Recreation Strategic Plan."

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.

"The leadership of Councilmember O'Farrell has been extraordinary in moving the kayak program forward, and working towards a revitalized and accessible river," said Joseph T. Edmiston, Executive Officer of the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority.

Both programs will operate through Labor Day, 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.

PHOTO: Councilmembers Mitch O'Farrell and Nury Martinez celebrate the launch of the LA River recreation zones in their respective districts.


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