ALTADENA — La Crescenta resident Alex Boone, who often rides his mountain bike throughout the foothills, envisions a day when he could ride the hillsides across the San Fernando Valley.
"I'd like to see a trail system that would go all the way across," Boone said.
He and fellow mountain biker Justin Goodkind were two of about 30 people on Wednesday who filled the building at Farnsworth Park in Altadena for the seventh in a string of community input meetings hosted by the National Park Service for a long-awaited $500,000 study of the region's hillsides.
The community meetings are the first phase in the "Rim of the Valley" resource study, which Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) announced in June after years of lobbying. It was finally approved as part of federal legislation signed by President George W. Bush in 2008.
"This is a special evening for us because it took us nine years just to get to moments like these," said William Syms, Schiff's district representative.