During a recent bike ride down the L.A. River Bike Path, we came across a nice surprise: The new Sunnynook River Park, located next to the Glendale-Hyperion bridge (which connects Silver Lake with Atwater Village), is close to opening.
The L.A. Creek Freak blog has been writing about the Sunnynook River Park for several years, and filed this report at the groundbreaking last summer:
L.A. Creek Freak wrote about the planned 3.4-acre Sunnynook River Park back in 2008 when it was being planned, and in 2009 when LADWP approved the park existing under their power lines. Though it’s not a big project, it’s been delayed a bit by state and city budget shortfalls.
It’s a fairly small all-natural, all-passive park, accessible mostly via the L.A. River bike path and via the footbridges that cross the 5 Freeway and the river. The site has had its problems over the years. It’s bordered by the 5 Freeway and the river, so it has been home to homeless encampments, mostly on the freeway-side of the site, maintained by the state transportation department Caltrans. Hopefully the park improvements can create a green space where everyone feels welcome and safe.
Here are a few more shots of the park, currently under construction, as well as some River shots from a recent bike ride down the L.A. River Bike Path: