For the first time in decades and decades, the LA River will be officially open to the public for just hanging out and doing whatever. The LA City Council voted unanimously yesterday to approve a pilot program that'll open up a natural-bottomed stretch of the river to anyone looking to walk or fish or kayak (but not bike, or walk your dog). The program will run from Memorial Day (May 27) to Labor Day (September 2) on a section of river running through Elysian Valley, south of Fletcher Drive, from Rattlesnake Park to the Los Angeles River Center just north of Downtown. According to Patch, there's "additional parking planned for boaters and others." The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority rangers will patrol the area from dusk until dawn.
· City Council Approves Recreation Zone in L.A. River's Glendale Narrows [EP Patch]
· Possible LA River Summer Fun Zone Cut to Just Elysian Valley [Curbed LA]