30 Aug Franklin Avenue: A Visit to The Frog Spot, An Oasis Along the Los Angeles River
One of my favorite new summer haunts is The Frog Spot, a weekend oasis on the Los Angeles River operated by FOLAR (the Friends of the LA River).
We ride our bikes along the LA River a lot, but there are only a handful of spots to stop between Glendale Blvd. and the end of the path (close to the 110 freeway). There are a few pocket parks, but no real places to grab refreshments. Until now. The Frog Spot, open on the weekends, offers bicyclists and joggers a spot to sit, relax and take a break.
The Frog Spot sells drinks, snacks and $2 popsicles. But the best feature may be the unlimited ice water.
The Frog Spot also offers free Wi-Fi, and has games to play and even crayons, markers and paper for the kids to get artistic.
The Frog Spot has been funded through the end of September, but let’s hope they manage to keep it open throughout the year. We’ll still be biking along the river in October, after all!
Here, the Blogger Kid 2.0 gets busy with some art, while I sip on water.
The vibe is chill at the Frog Spot, which attracts all sorts of folks along the river looking for a break.
The Frog Spot also hands out free maps of the River’s various sights.
Art by Blogger Kid 2.0.
Nearby, a duck family finds a small island to stand.
This is when the LA River is at its most beautiful. (I know, you probably only know the river as a big concrete ditch. Come down to Atwater Village and Frogtown and see what the river could be!)
The Frog Spot
2825 Benedict Street, LA 90039
SATURDAYS 8:00 am – 4:00pm
SUNDAYS 8:00 am – 4:00pm
Sunset at the Oasis — Saturdays, 5pm-8pm at The Frog Spot (This is a ticketed fundraiser benefiting The Friends of the Los Angeles River with a minimum donation of $15 for an evening of music and culture, riverside shade, and two beverages (beer, wine, soft drink), and light snacks.)