In recent months, the entrance to the city's Deukmejian Wilderness Park has been blocked to the public after its hillsides were scorched during the Station fire and filled with mud and debris during the ensuing winter storms.
On Saturday, the ever-present "park closed" barrier was covered with a handwritten sign reading "open."
City Councilwoman Laura Friedman said the sign was a welcome image to the many residents who have anxiously awaited the reopening of the park, which saw nearly all of its 709 acres blackened during the Station fire.
"I don't think any of us are ever going to forget the terror of the Station fire . . . But today I think that horror is supplanted by this new image," Friedman said to a crowd of city officials and residents who gathered Saturday morning for an official "Grand Re-opening" ceremony.
While much of the park and its wilderness trails will remain closed to the public as city officials and volunteers continue recovery efforts, Saturday's ceremony marked the opening of the park's lower portion.