• Stars appear behind a dramatic landscape of rocky mountains, rolling hills, and fields of grass

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Map and Site Information: LA River Center & Gardens

Inside the River Center a fountain greets you in a large courtyard.

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.

The River Garden Park at the northern tip of the facility is a welcoming green space in this urban area. The facility has a Visitor Center with a self-guided exhibit that describes the history of the Los Angeles River, its current status, and a vision for the River's future.

The beautiful mission-style grounds and conference facilities of the River Center serve as a focal point for the renewal of the Los Angeles River and as a prime location for community gatherings, educational conferences, and special events.

 
Restrooms,biking, ranger station, pets on leash, picnic area, and facilities for rent.
 
The River Center's courtyard provides a hideaway and refuge from the hustle and bustle of LA life.

Site Info and Map

LA River Center Gardens Map (JPG - 670 KB)

Directions

Downtown LA via Arroyo Seco Pkwy (110): Exit N. Figeuroa St. Go 0.25 mile north. At W. Avenue 26 turn left. Continue for appox. 500 feet. Park entrance on left.

Pasadena via Arroyo Seco Pkwy (110): Exit W. Avenue 26 turn right. Continue for appox. 500 feet. Park entrance on left.

San Fernando Valley via Golden State Fwy (Interstate 5): Exit towards CA 110 and keep left at the fork. Turn south (right) on Riverside Dr. which turns ino N. Figeuroa St. At W. Avenue 26 turn left. Continue for appox. 500 feet. Park entrance on left.

South Los Angeles via Golden State Fwy (Interstate 5): Exit towards CA 110 and keep right at the fork. Turn north (left) on W. Avenue 26. Continue for appox. 500 feet. Park entrance on left.

 
 

This site is managed and operated by the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority

Did You Know?

A community project led by the National Park Service has restored Zuma Lagoon.

Many hands spanning different generations and agencies continue to turn back the clock on damage to the fragile environment at Zuma Lagoon. After the removal of debris and the restoration of native plants, beach visitors now find a living wetland with 108 species of birds and colorful wildflowers.