About the Deck

Your Guide to the LA River in the Form of A Playable Card Deck

About the Deck

The Play the LA River card deck offers 56 sites to discover—52 places on the river plus 4 wild card sites that are close by & river-related. It’s organized into 4 geographical suits—Valley, Glendale Narrows, Downtown & South—& together, the cards show you the mighty 51-mile LA River from headwaters to mouth.


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Each site’s card has a map & an approximate street address or intersection you can plug into your nav. It also tells you a little about why the site is worth visiting.

Some sites are a hop-skip-jump from their neighbors; others are a gallop. The LA River does not have an exact street address, so finding your way—& discovering new places to play—is part of the game!

The PLAY! “dashboard” includes site feature icons & a “gritty-to-green” scale to help you know what to expect when you get to the site. The dashboard also offers you a few starter ideas for how to play there & then share your experiences on social media using #playthelariver.


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The card deck also comes with a map that shows our 56 sites plus the 18 cities & countless communities that the mighty LA River weaves together—from Canoga Park to Winnetka to Studio City to Glendale to Griffith Park to Atwater Village to Elysian Valley to Cypress Park to Chinatown to Boyle Heights to the Arts District to Maywood to South Gate to Paramount to Long Beach to the Pacific Ocean!