9.13.14 Launch Event @ Frogtown ArtWalk (Archive)

Let the games begin!

9.13.14 Launch Event @ Frogtown ArtWalk (Archive)

Come one, come all as we launch 51 miles & 51 weeks of play on the mighty LA River!

Join Project 51 at the annual Frogtown Artwalk as we unveil the free Play the LA River card deck, a game of urban exploration that presents 56 unique places to play on a river running through the heart of LA & 17 other cities! This public launch will showcase performances, art, games, hands-on nature play & more. It will preview the events you can look forward to, share in & plan yourself in the coming 51 weeks.

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Saturday, 9.13.14
4 to 10 pm
Marsh Park
2999 Rosanna Street, LA 90039
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Contact: playthelariver@gmail.com

  • Lawn & board games galore! Connect four, bocce ball, bean bag toss, paper boat races, jumpin’ frogs, Scrabble & more
  • Card games with giant Play the LA River card decks
  • Typewriters’ Anonymous personalized odes, composed on the spot, & readings by the Poetry Society of Los Angeles
  • Dance by Rebeca Hernández
  • Plein-air painting with Cole James in collaboration with artworxLA
  • “BIRD[th]ING” durational performance by Mariel Carranza
  • Music curated by Downtown LA’s the wulf
  • People’s Dance Community Class led by Marina Magalhães
  • 20-ft Twister & race to the finish line with Wise Guys Events
  • Bird guessing game & water filtration demo with Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority (MRCA)
  • Nature play! Spot river birds & bugs with Natural History Museum citizen scientists
  • Play mapping the LA River
  • Balloon mapping the Play the LA River launch
  • River-framing photo booth
  • Game-playing LA River experts on hand—including Joe Linton, MRCA, LA River Corp, City of LA River Project Office, California State Parks & Urban Waters Federal Partnership!

Roasted marshmallows & campfire songs
Nocturnal insect viewing
Anonymous Renegade Dance Party @PinDropParty

Be Transported

Parking for Play the LA River’s launch is available at Marsh Park, where you can take a pedi-cab to other Artwalk sites. Shuttle buses depart from Marsh Park & head to the east bank’s Bowtie Parcel, an as-yet-undeveloped site with a cool new work of temporary land art.

About Marsh Park

The brand-new extension of Marsh Park is in the Elysian Valley (aka Frogtown), along the Glendale Narrows stretch of soft-bottom river. A magical spot, this street-end stormwater park catches our runoff while it gives us the largest & most ambitious park so far on the Elysian Valley stretch.