The Los Angeles River Center and Gardens is the headquarters
for many governmental agencies and non-profits, including
FoLAR and the LA River Revitalization Corp. The River
Center, which features lush landscaping, fountains, and a
mini-park, is open every day from 7am to 9pm. The visitor
center has a small river museum featuring dioramas of river
flora and fauna and interpretive panels about river history,
flooding and wildlife is open weekdays from 9am to 5pm and
is closed on state holidays. The 1.3 mile walk is largely on
city streets from the River Center to two river access
points, showcasing two very different faces of the river:
the all-concrete access ramp at the historic confluence of
the LA River and the Arroyo Seco, and the southern tip of
the scenic soft-bottom Glendale Narrows.
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The city of Pasadena's Lower Arroyo Seco Nature Park
features an innovative wetlands restoration project. Water
from the concrete Arroyo Seco channel is diverted into a
series of parallel side streams, which are now lushly
vegetated and provide excellent bird habitat. This walk also
includes a secluded, unpaved stretch of the Arroyo below the
historic Colorado Blvd. Bridge and the 134 Freeway. Warning:
This park has poison oak. Stay on trails and avoid it.
Read more about "Lower Arroyo Seco Nature Park"...
The beauty of the Los Angeles River through downtown derives
not from its natural wonders, but from its urban ones. This
walk features four of the more than a dozen prominent
historic bridges dating from 1910 to 1932. These bridges are
monuments to civic pride, featuring graceful arches and a
variety of intricate ornamental details, all demonstrating
that public infrastructure can be lasting, beautiful, and
functional. Please note that this walk is best enjoyed on
weekends, when the weekday truck traffic is absent from this
Read more about "Downtown Bridges"...
The Cornfields is a highly visible and important historic
site for the region. The former rail yard was slated for
warehouse construction, but in the late 1990s, FoLAR and the
Chinatown Yards Alliance successfully led a campaign to halt
the development. California State Parks purchased the site
and has begun to create a park commemorating its cultural
and natural history.
Read more about "Cornfields and Chinatown"...
Although it's a concrete channel through Highland Park and
South Pasadena, the Arroyo Seco features streamside parks,
new and old. This walk, directly inside the channel, has
historic bridges, tall sycamores and oaks, and interpretive
signs at South Pasadena's Arroyo Seco Woodland and Wildlife
Read more about "Lower Arroyo Seco"...
This 1.4 mile walk takes you into the Bosque Del Rio Hondo
Park (Spanish for "forest of the deep river"), a 5-acre park
within the 277-acre Whittier Narrows Recreation Area, a lush
and wild natural area with excellent bird-watching in the
riparian wetlands. The original San Gabriel Mission was
established here in 1771; in 1775, after a flood and fire,
the mission was relocated to its present location, above the
floodplain, in today's city of San Gabriel. In recent years,
the area has been known as Marrano Beach, an unofficial
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This walk offers a sharp contrast between the stark concrete
channel of the lower Rio Hondo and the lush and wild natural
area behind the Whittier Narrows Dam. The walk features a
panoramic view of the lower flood plains of the Rio Hondo
and San Gabriel River, and a close-up look at the riparian
wetlands of the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area.
Read more about "Whittier Narrrows Dam"...
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Heavy rains overwhelmed the sewage system in the city of Los
Angeles on Sunday and allowed 250,000 gallons of waste to
spill into the LA River in Studio City. Today, city
officials in Long Beach closed several beaches, according to
Read more about "Sewage spill in LA River forces Long Beach beach closures"...
This walk through Maywood Riverfront Park features an
industrial face of the Los Angeles River. There is not much
in the way of nature, but there is a stark beauty in the
vast concrete channel. While this walk is not recommended to
introduce newcomers to the river, it's important to become
familiar with the challenges facing those who would restore
the river and bring amenities to underserved areas.
Read more about "Maywood Riverfront Park"...