Category Archives: Urban Parks

Friends of the Los Angeles River’s FROG SPOT Opens May 23

Friends of the Los Angeles River’s second season of Frog Spot along the L.A. River in Frogtown kicks off May 23. Open admission free to the public Saturdays 8 am – 8 pm and Sundays 8 am – 6 pm, this venue is a great way to catch up with friends and relax along the Los Angeles river.

Frog Spot will feature:

  • Saturdays 5 to 8 pm Live music in an open-air lounge
  • Saturdays and Sundays 9 am Morning yoga sessions
  • Bean bag toss and bocce ball
  • Guided tours of a natural section of the L.A. River
  • Premium snacks, soft drinks, beer and wine

For more information, visit or call 323 223-0585. Frog Spot is located at 2825 Benedict St Los Angeles, CA 90039

Van Nuys Neighborhood Council votes unanimously for strict Citywide greenhouse gas emission reduction targets

A journal of Science study published Thursday reports if climate change continues rapidly, one in six species could face extinction. And in a timely Earth Day vote at last week’s Special Meeting, Van Nuys Neighborhood Council voted unanimously to support Councilmember Paul Koretz’s motion to implement a Los Angeles citywide greenhouse gas emission reduction target of 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. We’re committed to work toward a climate resilient solution including protecting local Valley resources at the Sepulveda Basin and recharging the San Fernando Valley aquifer.

Add your voice to the solution by participating at our monthly general meetings the second Wednesday of each month in the conference room of the Marvin Braude Constituent Service Center at 6262 Van Nuys Blvd in Van Nuys. And bring your ideas to VNNC committees.  Several projects are starting up in Van Nuys that you can contribute to if greenhouse gas emission reduction matters to you.

On the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day, Van Nuys Neighborhood Council Voted to Support Rim of the Valley Expansion

At a Special Van Nuys Neighborhood Council Meeting on the 45th Earth Day, the board voted to support Alternative D in the Rim of the Valley Expansion Draft Study, and to join the Rim of the Valley Coalition to inform the public about our opportunity to link urban LA with rural LA for better hiking, wildlife corridor connectivity and habitat conservation. Public comment is open through June 30 and VNNC recommends Angelenos voice your support for Alternative D – a 313,000-acre addition. For more information visit here.

To take action, sign the Rim of the Valley Coalition’s letter of support.

You also can attend any of the U.S. National Park Service public hearings on the Rim of the Valley draft study to make public comment about what hiking trails, expanded wildlife corridor connectivity and habitat conservation mean to you. All meetings start with a short presentation followed by time for comments questions:

May 4, 7 to 9 p.m. La Crescenta Public Library, 2809 Foothill Blvd., La Crescenta, CA 91214

May 5, 7 to 9 p.m. William S. Hart Regional Park, Hart Hall, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall, CA 91321

May 6, 7 to 9 p.m. Conejo Parks and Recreation District, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

May 21, 7 to 9 p.m. Mason Recreation Center, 10500 Mason Ave., Chatsworth, CA 91311

June 2, 3 to 5 p.m. El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument, Hellman-Quon Building, 130 Paseo de La Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012

E-mail your comments to Or mail your comments to National Park Service, 570 W. Avenue 26, Los Angeles, CA 90065. Public comment period ends June 30.

Friends of the Los Angeles River (FOLAR) need YOU at our April 18th CleanUp!

Register for the CleanUp now!Will you join us April 18 to keep the L.A. River beautiful?

Register now 

The Great Los Angeles River CleanUp on April 18th is focused on the Middle portion of the L.A. River. We’re cleaning up 13 sites this year because each area of the Los Angeles River is unique and requires special attention.

Choose from these six volunteer sites on April 18:

Let’s work and celebrate together from 9:00 AM to Noon. There will be live bands, giveaways, family activities and refreshments. All volunteers get a tote bag and a t-shirt designed by local artist Christian Kasperkovitz.

Register now

P.S. You can also volunteer on April 25 on the Lower L.A. River. Check out our main CleanUp Event Page for more info.

New Urbanism Film Festival Brings Together Art and Urban Design


The New Urbanism Film Festival, taking place this weekend (November 6-9), seeks to broaden the conversation about how we design our cities. Instead of preaching design principles in academic books, codes, and seminars, the festival’s creators use movies, animation, and webseries to show how urban design affects our everyday life.

New Urbanism is about making better places–walkable neighborhoods, tree lined streets, neighborhoods with mixed housing and job opportunities, parks and green spaces, architecture and design within the context of the environment, celebrating local history and resources.

It’s an architecture movement, an urban planning movement, an environmental movement, a design movement, a safety movement. How’s it moving you? How’s it moving others? That’s what the festival is about: New Urbanists and filmmakers sharing their successes and efforts to change the way we design our neighborhoods so that we can all live in better places.

The primary venue for screenings will be ACME Theater in Hollywood, at 135 N La Brea Avenue. Additional screenings will take place at LAB ART Gallery, located at 217 S La Brea. Tickets and day passes for the event are available online for $5-20. Visit for more information and screening schedules.

The Village Run/Park at Woodley Park, November 9th

RunWalkFlyerValley Village And The Village Family Services Collaborate for the First Annual Village Run/Walk 5K and Family Festival

Los Angeles, CA, September 15, 2014- The Village Run/Walk 5K and Family Festival commences on Sunday, November 9, 2014, with check-in at 8 a.m., and the race starting at 9 a.m. The event begins at Woodley Park (6350 Woodley Ave. Van Nuys, CA 91436), follows the Orange Line to Lake Balboa and returns to Woodley Park for a Kiddie K, entertainment, food, and a community resource fair featuring information from local businesses. For more information on registration and event details visit:

“Our goal is to raise awareness and funds in order to provide vital human services to the people of the San Fernando Valley,” said Hugo Villa, CEO of the Village Family Services. “By joining together, we’re able to direct more resources to both agencies who represent two vulnerable populations: neglected and abused youth, and adults with developmental disabilities.”
This is the first time Valley Village and The Village Family Services have come together to host a community event that will benefit two San Fernando Valley organizations that are in need of awareness and resources. These two nonprofits serve different populations, yet share a vision of building a better community for all.

“The collaborative efforts between Valley Village and The Village Family Services have been tremendous, and we look forward to seeing everyone come out to support the event,” said Valley Village Executive Director Debra Donovan. “Partnerships like this allow us to maximize funds and make our programs stronger for the clients we serve.”

Valley Village and The Village Family Services will be hosting the event with the help of the Chatsworth Chiefs, a local cross country track and field training group. As participants register, they will be able to create teams on behalf of either organization to raise additional funds. Sponsors include Kaiser Permanente, Daily News, Metro, Fleet Feet Sports in Encino, Santa Clarita Running Company and the Bobby Sherman Volunteer EMT Foundation.

About Village Family Services:
The Village Family Services protects children from abuse, preserves families and build a stronger, safer community for all. The agency provides supportive programs and services such as mental health counseling, foster care services and a drop-in center for at-risk and homeless youth. The Village Family Services is Southern California’s leading bilingual family wellness agency that provides a comprehensive range of services to achieve permanency and safety for neglected and abused children and youth.
About Valley Village:
Valley Village works to protect, foster, develop and advance the rights and interests of people with developmental disabilities. They provide day programs, semi-independent condominiums, family style homes and nursing homes across the San Fernando Valley that serves nearly 400 men and women.

Media Contact: Gabe Serrato Serrato + Co. Phone 310-940-3400 Fax 949-376-3535

LASHP Unveils Urban Exploration Mobile Website and Trailhead


On October 16, 2014, UCLA REMAP, California State Parks, the National Park Service, the California Endowment and the City of Los Angeles will celebrate the public release of LASHP Trails, an experimental mobile website featuring urban trails that explore the past, present, and future of the neighborhoods surrounding the Los Angeles State Historic Park (LASHP). At the same time, they will unveil Wellspring, a digitally interactive sculpture that serves as the mobile website’s trailhead.

The celebration will take place underneath the historic North Broadway Bridge at 1800 Baker Street. At 5:30pm faculty from UCLA and rangers from California State Parks and the National Parks Service will lead a brief guided walk demonstrating LASHP Trails. The celebration begins at 6pm, featuring opening remarks, refreshments, and live performances by Mike the Poet and Timur.

The highly anticipated LASHP Trails event will also announce a significant Memorandum of Understanding and between the UCLA Center for Research in Engineering, Media and Performance (REMAP), California State Parks, the National Park Service, and the City of Los Angeles. This collaboration will focus on expanding the LASHP Trails into a city wide participatory network for exploration and dialogue about Los Angeles.

LASHP Trails is the evolution of an idea that began with students from Franklin High School who designed urban trails connecting their neighborhoods to LASHP in conjunction with staff from the National Parks Service and the Department of City Planning. The students envisioned the park as a “community trailhead” linking Downtown, Chinatown, Northeast LA, and the LA River with a healthy system of pedestrian and non-motorized transportation opportunities within a 650 acre area surrounding the park.

Inspired by the students, UCLA REMAP’s Interpretive Media Laboratory (IMLab) developed the concept of a mobile website that intensifies users’ connection to place by exposing them to the often hidden history and potential futures of the spaces in which they are physically standing. LASHP Trails marks one of IMLab’s initial efforts to connect place-based content with the promotion of physical activity through urban trails near the Park. The project’s experimental stage realization was made possible by the generous support of the California Endowment.

Wellspring is an original sculpture by artists Michael Parker and Troy Rounseville with interactive light and sound created by IMLab. The cylindrical sculpture hints at the Zanja Madre and the importance of water in our city’s history, while also reflecting the beauty of Los Angeles’ industrial grit. The sculpture is made entirely from repurposed materials from the Interim Public Use phase of LASHP, which served as a community hub for almost a decade. The interactive sculpture creates a new “pocket park”, open to the public, at the end of Baker Street underneath the iconic North Broadway Bridge.

Location: The Viaduct (under the North Broadway Bridge)
1800 Baker Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 [map]
Schedule: Thursday, October 16, 2014
5:30pm Demo Walk
6:00pm Official Unveiling & Reception
7:00pm Performances by Mike the Poet and Timur & the Dime Museum
8:00pm Olmsted Legacy Documentary (including a campfire and marshmallows)

For more information about the event, the mobile website, and the urban trails project, visit