The Los Angeles River Elysian Valley and Sepulveda Basin recreation zones have opened for the 2022 summer recreation season.
Through Sept. 30, the Elysian Valley and Sepulveda Basin recreational zones will be open to the public for kayaking, bird watching, walking and bike riding. To ensure the health and safety of all who use the areas, all visitors must follow Los Angeles County COVID-19 guidelines and precautions. Under the supervision of the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, a limited number of private groups will offer guided tours and kayak rentals at the locations.
“The opening of the Sepulveda Basin and L.A. River recreational spaces always marks the start of the summer, giving Angelenos and valley families a safe place to relax and have fun outdoors,” said Council President Nury Martinez, 6th District. “I’m glad we are able to welcome people back to this incredible natural amenity again this year.”
“The Los Angeles River Recreation Zones are as synonymous with a Los Angeles summer as going to the beach or catching a classic movie at Cinespia with friends and family,” added Los Angeles City Council President Pro Tempore Mitch O’Farrell, 13th District. “Count me among the thousands of Angelenos who will venture onto the river this season to enjoy this majestic public space, including the new Taylor Yard Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge, which opened earlier this year.”
City officials said the recreation zones promote the L.A. River as a community destination – providing safe and equitable public access and recreational opportunities bringing all members of the Los Angeles community together.
“As the L.A. River continues to be a treasured natural resource and recreational asset to the city, we will do our part to keep the river clean and healthy for all Angelenos in years to come,” said L.A. Sanitation and Environment director and general manager Barbara Romero.
This year, visitors will also have the opportunity to visit and use the newly constructed Taylor Yard Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge, which opened in March. Championed by O’Farrell and the local community, the Taylor Yard Bridge is a roughly 400-foot-long bridge that spans the L.A. River from Cypress Park to Elysian Valley. It is open to pedestrians and cyclists.
Swimming is not allowed in the L.A. River. Before every visit, visitors are encouraged to check the river’s water quality and conditions by visiting lacitysan.org/waterquality. LASAN has also installed solar-powered water quality beacons, which look like stoplights, that indicate the water quality conditions at kayaking input sites. Green means the river is safe, yellow means it is safe but take precautions, and red means do not kayak in the river.
“We are looking forward to operating the ninth season of the LA River Recreation Zone,” Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority chief ranger Fernando Gomez said. “We want to remind everyone to take safety precautions when going out on the river. You must wear a personal flotation device and a helmet. Also, use sunscreen and drink plenty of water.”
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