About Play the LA River

51 Miles & 51 Weeks of Play

About Play the LA River


A game of urban exploration & imagination


A come one, come all movement


An open invitation to play

Play the LA River is a come-one-come-all project by the arts collective Project 51 that invites Angelenos to explore, enjoy, reclaim & reimagine the mighty LA River as a grand civic space that can green & connect our communities. The project is collaborative, & our definition of play is broad. For 51 weeks, we encourage Angelenos to come to the river for play! Salsa. Picnic. Chess. Paint. Soccer. Sey. Act. Puzzle. Kayak. Nardi. Poker. Bike. Sculpt. Forage. Yoga. Bird. Sing. Tell ghost stories. Run. Hula hoop. Juggle. Bocce ball. Hip hop. Solitaire. Scavenger hunt. Skip. Tai Chi. Charades. Fish. A cappella. Debate. Stroll. For the full skinny, check out the quik-guide. If you want to do a story about Play the LA River, visit our Pressroom.

Play the LA River Has 3 Main Components

The Play the LA River card deck is a collectible, playable guide to the entire 51-mile LA River organized in 4 geographical suits—Valley, Glendale Narrows, Downtown & South. The cards offer 56 sites to discover—52 cool places on the river plus 4 wild-card sites that are close by & river-related. Each card includes a map, some info about the site & a few starter ideas for how to play.

Our mobile-friendly website offers an interactive card deck, community-generated event calendar, social media stream of #playthelariver posts, cool river info & more.

Finally, Play the LA River facilitates 51 weeks of community-generated river events starting September 13, 2014—inspiring others to organize their own river happenings & have a voice in the river’s future!