For the first time in decades, a 2-1/2 mile-long section of the L.A. River through Cypress Park and Elysian Valley was legally opened to boaters, anglers and hikers on Memorial Day as part of a three-month pilot program. Members of the L.A. Kayak Club were among the first to head down stream and recorded a video that provides an idea of what to expect on a journey down L.A. River, where kayakers navigate over rocky rapids, slip through thickets of greenery and scrape their boats along the concrete banks.
Silver Lake resident and kayak club member Anthea Raymond was the third person to paddle down the river after the recreation zone was officially opened, according to CNN. Her reaction:
“My experience was, ‘wow,'” said Raymond, who plied the waters as a representative of the Los Angeles River Expeditions and the Los Angeles Kayak Club. “There’s always the sound of water. That’s what’s so awesome.”
The river will remain open to kayaking and other recreation uses through Labor Day. Click here for more information about the L.A. River Pilot Recreation Zone.