PRESENTED BY HIDDEN LOS ANGELES
THIS IS AN ALL-VALLEY TOUR
Learn about the past, present and future of the mighty (!?) L.A. River, PLUS enjoy some yummy Thai noodles and Cuban sweets along the way (can you say PORTO'S!??)
Difficult as it is for many people to believe, the Los Angeles River was once a very real flowing river, along the banks of which the city was founded. In 1781, 44 people (Los Pobladores) traveled from Sonora, Mexico to settle along its West bank. For more than 100 years, this 51 mile long river was the sole source of water for the city that grew around it.
Have you ever really seen the LA River? Do you ACTUALLY know anything about it? Sure, maybe you've passed a
concrete slab with an LA River sign... but do you know the *true* stories of the river's past and present beyond the fictional details you remember from seeing the movie Chinatown? And what about its future? Everyone may think they know what the LA River is, and many have heard that it's being revitalized. But who knows where and what exactly is happening along its banks? There's much more to the story than meets the eye as you pass from a speeding car while commuting.
So join us as we walk and drive along the river, to talk about its central role in the city's history and the necessity of the ambitious revitalization projects to LA's future.
Our Valley tour convenes at Bette Davis Picnic Area (Scroll down for directions – it's across the 134 from the Griffith Park zoo), where we form carpools, and stops at the mighty headwaters in Canoga Park, the verdant beautiful stretch in the Sepulveda Basin, the 1/2-mile-long Great Wall of LA mural and new Tujunga Wash Greenway, and the new park projects through the neighborhoods and film studios in Sherman Oaks and Studio City and beyond.
NOTE: There is NO BATHROOM at the first stop -- the first bathroom is between 1st and 2nd stops.
We'll eat lunch at an excellent Thai noodle shop en route (other options too –or feel free to bring your lunch), and we'll end with an optional stop at the legendary Cuban bakery Porto's (!!!).
Tour led by Jenny Price
Bring snacks and water and shoes that can get a little wet. Dogs welcome. Spaces limited.
FYI, there's a window of time to leave the tour mid-day if necessary... but if you do, you'll miss out!
PLEASE ARRIVE AT 8:30AM SHARP
TOUR LEAVES PROMPTLY AT 9:00AM
DIRECTIONS TO MEETING SPOT:
Bette Davis Picnic Area (1550-60 Rancho Avenue, Burbank) is a little piece of Griffith Park ACROSS from the main park on the NORTH side of the 134 and the river:
- From 5N – 134E exit, following signs for the Autry and the Zoo (do NOT get on 134--exit BEFORE). R at end of exit road. Road curves R. R at stop sign onto Western Heritage Wy-- Will merge into Zoo Dr. R on Riverside, cross over the 134. Turn L to stay on Riverside at intersection w/Victory. L onto Rancho Ave.
- From 5S – Western exit (heading S or W). After you cross Riverside, turn L where Western dead-ends onto Rancho Ave.
- From 134 – Forest Lawn exit, take Forest Lawn to Zoo Dr., turn onto Zoo Dr., L at intersection w/Griffith Pk Dr., L on Riverside, cross over the 134. Turn L to stay on Riverside at intersection w/Victory. L onto Rancho Ave.