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Let My River Go! Studio City's Path Closed

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It was three years ago today that Ed Begley Jr. stood with politicians in celebration of the opening of a new path along the LA River in Studio City. Only a sixth mile in length, the path goes from Whisett to Laurel Canyon Blvd. behind the businesses of Ventura Blvd.

But only a few months after it opened, it closed. The way these projects usually play is that the county builds it and the city maintains it while taking on liability. But the city wouldn't accept the transfer since the path was allegedly built incorrectly. The path surfance needed to be DG, otherwise, water runoff would cause people to easily take a slip.

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And as things go in government, in-fighting began and the public was left without a river path... for years. While officially, the path is closed, blocked off by a fence on Laurel Canyon, at the Whitsett entrance, hardly a sign or piece of paper announces that the path is closed, letting first-time visitors make the trek eastwardly before finding out they are trapped. Fortunately, at least for those who are nimble, a quick climb and jump over the railing would complete the journey.

Talks are continuing and things are seeming to work out. According the city, the path is looking like it might open in June or July. Now, only about 25 or so more miles of river path to go.