On a Kayak in a River in a Valley in Los Angeles

September 4, 2011 § 8 Comments

Kayaking the Los Angeles River in the middle of the San Fernando Valley

I got a chance to kayak the L.A. River yesterday. I’ve been kayaking in the river a few times here and there, and most memorably the incredibly wonderful three-day expedition in 2008. Yesterday was the first time I officially, legally, kayaked with a permit!

It was great.

The program is called Paddle the Los Angeles River. Like their Facebook page here. In case readers want to do participate, I have to warn you that all their slots sold out in 10 minutes. It’s a one-season pilot program, and, hopefully, if all goes well, it’ll come back around again. It’s presented by the Los Angeles Conservation Corps, with assists from the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA), The River Project, Los Angeles River Expeditions, Friends of the L.A. River, and Urban Semillas. It’s been covered all over tv, print and internet media, so I am not going to give a huge amount of background, but kudos to leadership from George Wolfe and Los Angeles City Councilmember Ed Reyes. (And my apologies for Creek Freak not getting to cover this sooner.)  « Read the rest of this entry »

Opportunity knocks at Compton Creek

July 11, 2010 § 3 Comments

Public officials on Compton Creek last week. Photo: Mia Lehrer.

Last Wednesday’s press conference on Compton Creek with EPA official Lisa Jackson has been the source of much navigability excitement in the creekfreak blogosphere, but as Joe mentioned, the press conference had another purpose: to bring together officialdom to celebrate and unite in purpose around acquisition of part of Compton Creek.

If you think the navigability issue on LA’s waterways is tricky, you should take a look at ownership! « Read the rest of this entry »

Ballona Creekfreak’s Celebration

December 10, 2009 § 1 Comment

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas looks on while Ballona Creek-freaks unveil plans for the Mar Vista Greenway, a project of the MRCA.

Last week saw the grand opening of a series of gateway parks to the Ballona Creek bike trail.  This celebratory gathering of Ballona Creek-freaks was hosted by the park’s sponsors, the Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority (MRCA), and County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, who gave a great pep talk trying motivate folks to pick up shovels and plant trees.  Unfortunately we were a somewhat sedate bunch.

The new parks are located at the Inglewood Avenue, Sepulveda Blvd, and McConnell entries to the bike path.  The “Mar Vista Greenway” will be a 1/2 mile long stretch of the creek landscaped with native vegetation, an exciting next step following the MRCA’s beautification and habitat plantings at Centinela Avenue, Culver City’s landscaping plans at Overland, and the Mid-City Neighborhood Council’s and North East Tree’s work on the Mid-City reach of Ballona.

Stay tuned for more on creating a continuous greenway on Ballona.  There’s lots in the works.

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