Sunnynook River Park Groundbreaking

July 25, 2012 § 8 Comments

Sunnynook River Park groundbreaking: golden shovels lifting ceremonial soil. Visible from left to right City Engineer Gary Moore, Councilmember Garcetti, Councilmember Reyes, Councilmember LaBonge, Recreation & Parks Assistant General Manager Kevin Regan, FoLAR founder Lewis MacAdams, and State Assemblymember Mike Gatto

Before a crowd of about 90, the city of Los Angeles broke ground on Sunnynook River Park this morning. The new Atwater Village park will be located in the mostly vacant area on the southwest bank of the Los Angeles River, between Glendale Boulevard and Los Feliz Boulevard – immediately downstream of the Sunnynook footbridge. « Read the rest of this entry »

New Atwater Village Historic Photos Book by Arcadia Press

July 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

Atwater Village - Arcadia Publishing - cover image is the 1927 Glendale-Hyperion Bridge

There’s a brand new book on the history of Atwater Village, one of the neighborhoods along the Glendale Narrows stretch of the Los Angeles River.

From Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series, the book is titled, simply, Atwater Village. It was written by Netty Carr, Sandra Caravella, Luis Lopez, and Ann Lawson all of the Friends of Atwater Village (FAV.) I played a small role in helping out with their chapter on the river and the bridges over it.

The book is chock-full of great old historic photos of the neighborhood, including heretofore unpublished images of the L.A. River in flood stage, and much more.  « Read the rest of this entry »

Family River Bike Tour – Saturday March 5th

February 24, 2011 § 1 Comment

Be GOOD - Support CicLAvia!

As part of the GOOD fundraiser for CicLAvia, Creek Freak author/artist, CicLAvia-ista yours truly Joe Linton will be leading a very fun very family-friendly bike ride and tour of the Los Angeles River. The ride departs at 2:30pm on Saturday March 5th 2011 – from Atwater Crossing – 3229 Casitas Avenue, Atwater Village 90039. We’ll return to the party by 4pm.

The ride is very short – about 1/3 of a mile each way, on very very quiet residential streets – and will visit one of the very nicest parts of the Los Angeles River – lots of ducks, other birds, tall trees, fish, and lush and pleasant place in (nearly) every respect. I’ll talk a little about the history of the river and plans for its future.  « Read the rest of this entry »

Places to Visit: Acresite Gate in Atwater Village

February 15, 2011 § 2 Comments

Brett Goldstone's Acresite Water and Willow Gate

The Acresite gate isn’t Brett Goldstone’s biggest or most elaborate river gate… but it’s very nice, and just enough off the beaten path, and along one of the nicest stretches of river, so I figure it’s worth alerting Creek Freak readers to. « Read the rest of this entry »

Three Events Tomorrow: Maps, Atwater Creek and Downtown Diversion

October 27, 2010 § 4 Comments

The Downtown Los Angeles Low Flow Diversion project which breaks ground tomorrow - click on image for more detail

Tomorrow – Thursday October 27th 2010 – is looking like a busy day for local creek freaks. There are two groundbreakings and a talk: Downtown Los Angeles Low Flow Diversion, North Atwater Park Expansion and Creek Restoration Project, and Los Angeles in Maps. « Read the rest of this entry »

Sunnynook River Park Inches Forward

November 5, 2009 § 1 Comment

Sunnynook River Park location

Location of the planned Sunnynook River Park (from the city of L.A. via LAist)

This week, the city of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) board approved permission for the city to proceed with constructing Sunnynook River Park. The future park will be located along the southwest bank of the Los Angeles River, exteding from the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge to the Sunnynook Footbridge. The 3.4-acre park site, sandwiched between the 5 Freeway and the river bike path, and includes an easement for DWP power transmission lines.

The city has been awarded $1.7M to build the park… but that’s nearly all state bond funds, which have been delayed and frozen and re-frozen and damned to hell due to the state budget crisis.  So there’s no real time-line for when construction will start. Nonetheless, it’s great to see that the city is moving forward getting all their permissions in order to be ready when the approved funding becomes available.

More details on Sunnynook River Park from Creek Freak’s article about it last year. More coverage of this week’s DWP approval at LAist and at Atwater Village News.

Sunset Magazine Bikes The River

April 28, 2009 § 2 Comments

At a checkstand near you!

At a checkstand near you!

The Los Angeles River bike path hits the big time!  The latest issue of Sunset Magazine urges its readers to get on their bikes and head over to Atwater Village, see some art, eat some pasta, and do some yoga.  They also recommend that Creek Freak Joe Linton’s famous multi-thousand-seller book.  Spring is actually a great time to bike or walk the river.  The willows have leafed out. Flowers are in bloom. Lot of young birds have hatched.  Why am I sitting in front of the computer?

If you don’t want to go alone, volunteer at a clean-up or bike the River Ride!

(Thanks to Jenny Price for getting Sunset onto our urban river.)

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