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LA's Park To Playa Trail: After 20 Years You Can Now Hike From Crenshaw To The Beach




The Park to Playa Trail begins on the Stocker Corridor just a short distance from Leimert Park and the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall.
The Park to Playa Trail begins on the Stocker Corridor just a short distance from Leimert Park and the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall.
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The last section of a 13-mile hiking and biking trail that's been 20 years in the making has finally opened in Los Angeles.

The Park to Playa trail connects a network of parks and trails from the Crenshaw District to the ocean at Playa del Rey. The trail has several sections, each with its own charms and attractions, starting with the urban trail running along the Stocker Corridor, sloping up to the spectacular viewpoints of the Baldwin Hills Overlook, and following the landscaped bike path that runs alongside Ballona Creek to the Pacific. KPCC/LAist visual journalist Chava Sanchez and infrastructure reporter Sharon McNary ran and biked the whole thing, meeting nature-loving Angelenos along the way.

Today on AirTalk, Sharon joins Larry to talk about the decades-long effort to restore and reopen the trail, what it was like to run it and what she heard and saw along the way.

To see, hear, and read about Sharon and Chava’s experience, click here.

Guest:

Sharon McNary, KPCC/LAist infrastructure reporter and author of the LAist piece “LA's Park To Playa Trail: After 20 Years You Can Now Hike From Crenshaw To The Beach”; she tweets @KPCCsharon