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The Los Angeles River Center and Gardens is located at the former site of the Lawry’s California Center, near the confluence of the Los Angeles River and the Arroyo Seco, close to Elysian Park and downtown Los Angeles. Its beautiful mission-style grounds and conference facilities serve as a focal point for the renewal of the Los Angeles River, and a prime location for community gatherings, educational conferences, and special events. For information about hosting a special event at the River Center click here.

The Los Angeles River Visitor Center
The Los Angeles River Visitor Center at the River Center is an exhibit hall that celebrates the eleven miles of natural river where reeds, willows, mulefat, and native riparian plants have returned. The self-guided exhibit describes the history of the Los Angeles River, its current status, and a vision for the River’s future.

The Visitor Center is located in the California Building and is open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, the exhibit may be closed to the public for private events.

The River Garden Park
The River Garden Park is located at the corner of San Fernando Road and Avenue 26 at the northern tip of the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens. It is open to the public daily from sunrise to sunset. The park serves as an entry point to the River Center by foot or bicycle, and adds much needed green space to the local community. The River Garden Park draws upon the Los Angeles River for its design elements and organization. Park amenities include a running water fountain, park benches, a picnic table, and lawn area.

The Los Angeles River Center Bicycle Staging Area
The Los Angeles River Center Bicycle Staging Area is one of the first self-service bicycle staging areas in the City of Los Angeles. The facility provides bicyclists a drinking fountain, a repair station, and a tire pump to handle basic bicycle maintenance, as well as bicycle racks, a picnic table, a sitting area, and a family restroom. The River Center is at the confluence of several area bicycle trails near downtown Los Angeles.

The project is part of a larger concerted effort along the Los Angeles River and Arroyo Seco to connect bicycle and pedestrian trails throughout the region. The facility enhances the bikeway connections between Griffith Park, Elysian Park, and the historic El Pueblo in Downtown Los Angeles.

Nonprofit Organizations concerned with greening the Los Angeles River maintain offices at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens. These include Friends of the Los Angeles River, Northeast Trees, the Los Angeles Conservation Corps, and the National Parks Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program.

Address: 570 West Avenue 26, Los Angeles
Phone: (323) 221-8900

Park Features:

August 21 - 4pm, Primitive Firemaking, Marsh Park
August 23 - 8am, Nature in Focus, Franklin Canyon Park
August 23 - 7:30pm, Yosemite Comes to the River, Marsh Park
August 26 - 11am, Little Nature Explorers, Vista Hermosa Natural Park
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