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Three Parks at the LA River

Jan 10, 2011 by Lisa Newton

Located in the triangle where Interstate 5 meets the 110 freeway, there are three little known parks, all highlighting the wonderful attributes of the Los Angeles River.

It’s all part of a “promising effort,” for the Los Angeles Greenways. which stretches 51 miles. From the confluence of Bell and Calabasas Creeks at the western end of the San Fernando Valley, all the way to the Pacific Ocean in Long Beach–as it passes through 13 cities and numerous jurisdictions.

The first park I visited is called Steelhead Park. As you can see from the photographs, the day I decided to write this story was also during our epic rainfall from last month; but with a little respite from the showers, I got lucky, because it didn’t stop raining for the previous two days, and just as I left, the showers began to fall from the sky yet again!

Even though it was wet, the beauty of the three parks is obvious; but even more important is the enormous amount of information about the LA River.

The park was named after the Steelhead trout, one of the myriad of fish that are native to the LA River.

The entire park is adorned with its namesake, and also decorates the top of its fencing, and surprisingly, it provides a small outdoor amphitheater–that provides an excellent spot for school children to learn about the Los Angeles River.

The second park, Egret, is named for one of the many waterfowl that call the LA River home. Other waterfowl native to the Los Angeles River are:

  • Great Blue Heron
  • Mallard
  • Blackheaded Stilt
  • Green Heron
  • Cinnamon Teal
  • American Coot
  • Muscovy Duck

The Third River Park is named the Oso Park. Here as well, visitors can learn about the river’s history, why and how it was created, its eco-systems and among other things, the ongoing plans for its future, which will continue to invigorate and educate everyone about the LA River.

And as more and more people learn about the Los Angeles River, they’ll be more and more supportive–as both from a sustainable Green perspective, and as a way to get more donations and funding.

All of this leads in helping to reestablish all of its natural areas–including the planting of the LA River’s native California Sycamore tree.

Ever since arriving in California almost 4 years ago, I’ve been drawn to the LA River. Even in the short time I’ve been here, the River has changed, and that change continues.

It’s a wonderful thing to watch. And if you’d like to watch it too, just stop by one of these three parks.

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