Monday, August 4, 2014

A Visit to The Frog Spot, An Oasis Along the Los Angeles River

Frog Spot

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).

Frog Spot

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.

Frog Spot

The Frog Spot sells drinks, snacks and $2 popsicles. But the best feature may be the unlimited ice water.

Frog Spot

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.

Frog Spot

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!

Frog Spot

Here, the Blogger Kid 2.0 gets busy with some art, while I sip on water.

Frog Spot

The vibe is chill at the Frog Spot, which attracts all sorts of folks along the river looking for a break.

Frog Spot

The Frog Spot also hands out free maps of the River's various sights.

Frog Spot

Art by Blogger Kid 2.0.

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Nearby, a duck family finds a small island to stand.

Frog Spot

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!)

Frog Spot

The Frog Spot
2825 Benedict Street, LA 90039
323 351-8677

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.)

1 comment:

Grove said...

Hi LA River Enthusiasts----

Join the first ever craft brew event at the LA River. Sunday Sept 28, 4-8pm LA River Kayak Safari (LARKS) hosts a fundraiser for Free Community Paddling Events. At the Frogspot, 2825 Benedict St LA CA 90039. LARKS hosted over 250 local community members for free paddling in their own backyards.

TICKETS: $20(online) and $22 (at the door) gets you:

2 pints of beer from one of six craft breweries

Commemorative stainless steel pint mug

2-4oz sample pours of specialty beers

Live Music from two great bands- Dezign Flaw and Latin Rockability stars the454s.

Five Breweries are participating: Deschuttes, Alaskan, Big Sky, Dogfish Head, and Samuel Adams. Food trucks will attend and organizers can also direct you to the secret "taco house" nearby...

You can't beat the atmosphere, the price or the cause. This is a bike in friendly event (enter directly from the LA River bike path...)