Los Angeles River Center & Gardens
570 W. Avenue 26 Los Angeles, CA 90065
The Los Angeles River Center and Gardens is located 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.
In addition to the beautiful gardens at the Los Angeles River Center, visitors can enjoy 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. Located in the California Building, the exhibit hall is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., although it may be closed to the public for private events.
At the northern end of the River Center grounds, the River Garden 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 park benches, a picnic table, and lawn area.
The River Center is at the confluence of several bicycle trails near the River and downtown Los Angeles. The River Center self-serve bicycle staging area 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 houses executive offices for the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority as well as nonprofit organizations concerned with greening the Los Angeles River including Friends of the Los Angeles River (FOLAR), Mujeres de la Tierra, Northeast Trees, and the National Parks Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program.