Tuesday, July 16, 2013

LA River: Bike Path & Recreation Zone Is Open, Today *Updated

Photo: Ricky Dominguez, July 15, 2013.  Saturday's overturned tanker that exploded in flames on the 2 & 5 Freeway Interchange, spread to the LA River via storm drains.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

Word from City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell's office (via the Elysian Valley Neighborhood Watch) is the LA River bike path and recreation zone (kayaking & fishing) will reopen in Elysian Valley tomorrow.  The 2 1/2 mile recreation zone was shut down since the fire that burned most of the spilled 8500 gallons of gasoline on Saturday. 

The Environmental Protection Agency supervised the clean up by a private contractor.  Water has been tested downstream and declared clean.  Read more: LA Times.

*Update: Like everything involved with the tanker fire, freeway closures/re-openings & LA River, there's a morass of different agencies involved, press releases & emails that have come through my inbox.  Due to conflicting information, we had the river re-opening tomorrow, Wed, July17.  Apparently, it's already open.  When in doubt, rely on The Eastsider.