Written by Joe Linton
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Down By The Los Angeles River: Friends of the Los Angeles River’s Official Guide, 2005
Los Feliz, North Atwater
Description: With its pocket parks, bike paths, public art, and the only riverside café in LA, Los Feliz is an excellent place for experiencing the LA River. This soft-bottom stretch is popular with walkers, runners, and even dogs and horses. The walk features the infamous river cats, painted by Leo Limón on storm drain outlets, and views of the downtown skyline. […] Walk directions: Take the sidewalk west from Eatz toward the river. On your right, enter the river right-of-way through the beautiful, welcoming Guardians of the River Gate. The gate, created my artist Michael Amescua depicts various river flora and fauna. Can you find a bear, a butterfly, a deer, a duck, three fish, a heron and three other birds, a lizard, a mountain lion, a rabbit, four snakes, a turtle, two worms, and a magic half-bird, half-fish creature?
Continue walking upstream. Note the beautiful circular stonework, native vegetation, decorative bench, and picnic area. […] Try out the equestrian-themed artistic bench (also by Amescua). At the small picnic area, check out the signs telling part of the story of the De Anza expedition and the beginnings of the Rancho Los Feliz.
© 2005 Joe Linton; Berkeley: Wilderness Press