LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles River Recreation Zone officially opened up to the public Monday.

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City officials launched the new summer boat and recreational program at 10 a.m. at Marsh Park in Elysian Valley.

“For the first time since the Los Angeles River was channelized in the 1930’s, the public will be welcomed to access and enjoy a 2.5-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River near downtown to boat to kayak, walk, and fish,” officials said in a statement.

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The recreation zone starts at LA River crossover at Fletcher Boulevard and Oso Park, Chief Ranger Fernando Gomez with the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority told KNX1070’s Margaret Carrero.

The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority will manage the recreation zone, which will run from Memorial Day to Labor Day. It will be open from sunrise to sunset seven days a week.

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For more information, visit LA River Reaction Zone.