Lisa Herron and her 1,100-pound horse, Zip, are currently forced to clip-clop on asphalt at Bette Davis Park, but come next year, the duo could be trotting along a new 3-acre bridle loop connecting with a new Glendale park and trail system along the L.A. River.
“I’m really excited,” Herron said. “It’s just really dangerous to ride on the street with all the cars.”
Herron and her white-and-brown horse were front and center at a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for the equestrian project, which is covered by $3 million from Los Angeles Department of Water & Power.
Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge and Glendale Mayor Laura Friedman pointed to the project as a way the neighboring cities can work together for the benefit of residents.
“There’s no borders here because our cities work together,” LaBonge said.
Despite the groundbreaking, Los Angeles officials said the project may get off to a slow start since parks and recreation staff were tapped to focus on cleaning the Occupy L.A. site after police evicted the demonstrators overnight Tuesday.