LA County's Parks & Rec Director Says She's Pleased With How The Reopening Of Trails Went
In an interview with LAist, Norma Garcia, the acting director of LA County's Parks and Recreation Department, said the reopening of hiking trails and golf courses after weeks of closure went successfully, if not perfectly.
Some "hotspots," such as Eaton Canyon at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains, saw lines of cars and dozens of people congregating at its main attraction: a 40-foot waterfall.
Garcia said the department has trained a cadre of park monitors to encourage social distancing and the use of face masks, especially in narrow parts of the trail where it is difficult to stay six feet apart.
Monitors, for example, approached trail users playing by the waterfall to tell them that it was closed and that they needed to practice trail etiquette. The waterfall is located in a portion of the park managed by the U.S. Forest Service.