Monrovia : Hiking Trail to Be Reopened

A hiking trail that has been closed since World War II will be restored and reopened with a $50,000 state environmental grant funded by fees on personalized license plates.

Work on the Ben Overturff Trail project has just begun, said Daniel Iwata, manager of the city's Community Services Department, and many details are still being worked out. Plans call for volunteer workers to restore the trail on the city's northern edge, along Sawpit Canyon Wash near Monrovia Canyon Park and the border of Angeles National Forest.

Glen Owens, a member of a city committee overseeing the grant, said the restoration is important because "we'll be opening up a trail alongside a riparian area that has been closed for virtually 50 years."

No date for the reopening has been set.

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