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Meet The Man Behind The Park To Playa Trail

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David McNeill, executive director of the Baldwin Hills Conservancy, at the entrance to the Mark Ridley-Thomas pedestrian and wildlife bridge over La Cienega Blvd. at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area. (Sharon McNary/LAist)
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If you’re craving fresh air and exercise, the 13 miles of LA’s Park to Playa Trail could hit the spot. The final linkage for the trail was completed late last year, and you can run or bike from the Crenshaw District all the way to the beach at Playa Del Rey.

The trail is overseen by the Baldwin Hills Conservancy, and brings together a patchwork of different parks and stretches of land owned by city, county and state agencies.

It’s largely the vision of David McNeill, the executive director of the conservancy, who for 20 years pushed for a way to give the residents of South L.A. access to the outdoors in their own neighborhood.

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