Los Angeles River

The Los Angeles River is an important part of the Southern California ecosystem and has been the subject of controversy over the years. The river begins in the San Fernando Valley and flows through Los Angeles County for 51 miles to Long Beach. The river frequently floods and a concrete channel has been built around it to keep its course defined. Over the years, environmental groups have protested the channel and seek to have it removed. The river is supported by the Friends of the Los Angeles River group. Their mission is to " protect and restore the natural and historic heritage of the (river) and its riparian habitat through inclusive planning, education and wise stewardship." The river has been featured in a number of movies over the years. Prior to the construction and opening of the aqueduct system, the river was the main source of water for the city. Locaed near the river, the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens is one of the most popular gathering and event spaces along the river. A number of parks and community areas have been planned for the river area, but the Center and Gardens continues to be one of the most popular event destinations in the area. The Center is located in a private area offering views of the river and surrounding areas. There is a small courtyard on the premises, as well as a multi-level patio enclosure and a three-tiered fountain

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