2 LA River recreation areas set to reopen on Memorial Day – Daily News
LOS ANGELES >> With the COVID-19 pandemic receding, two stretches of the Los Angeles River will reopen on Memorial Day for recreational activities such as fishing, walking and kayaking, city officials said this week .
“Finally, more people can once again discover and enjoy our beloved Los Angeles River,” said Councilor Mitch O’Farrell, who chairs the Committee on Energy, Climate Change, Environmental Justice and of the river, in a press release. “I know many of my constituents have been eagerly awaiting this opportunity. Count me among you. I encourage all Angelenos to participate in this one-of-a-kind recreational experience. “
From Monday until September 30, two designated recreation areas in the Elysée Valley and Sepulveda Basin will be open daily from sunrise to sunset. Both areas will be managed and patrolled by rangers from the Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority.
City officials said visitors must follow all public health guidelines in effect due to the COVID-10 pandemic and signs will be posted with details.
LA Sanitation & Environment will also use visual “water quality beacons” to keep visitors informed of conditions in the river. The signs will be light green for “sure”, yellow for “sure, but take precautions” and red for “do not kayak”. A flashing red light will indicate that the recreation area is closed for reasons other than water quality.
“The Los Angeles River is a key waterway in the city of Los Angeles, essential to a healthy environment, biodiversity and our own sense of belonging and pride,” said Traci Minamide, COO of LASAN. “LASAN strives to ensure that all Angelenos can safely access and enjoy the river during these leisure months.”
Although kayaking and fishing are permitted, swimming is prohibited in the river.
A limited number of vendors will be in the recreation areas to offer tours and kayak rentals.
More detailed information, as well as parking details, are available at http://lariverrecreation.org.