After waiting for more than six years, Sunland-Tujunga residents are celebrating the opening of a multiuse trail that creates a link with existing trails in the area and increases safety for horseback riders, bicyclists and pedestrians.
"We are so elated by this," said Andrea Gutman, chairwoman of the Shadow Hills Trails Committee. "We went through a long, complicated process with the city to get this done."
The Sunland Boulevard Multi-Use Trail extends along a two-mile stretch of Sunland Boulevard between Stonehurst Avenue and La Canada Way, where an older, makeshift path already existed.
The new trail provides an artery connecting trails in the Verdugo Hills to others in Angeles National Forest, Hansen Dam Recreation Area and the Big and Little Tujunga washes. It is part of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy's Rim of the Valley Master Plan, a proposed series of trails that would eventually extend around the entire perimeter of the San Fernando Valley.