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Take a Look at the LA River's First Visitor Center and Cafe

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Just in time for the sure-to-be sweltering summer, the LA River has a riverside "oasis" cafe opening up. Hop off the LA River bike path at Newell Street to find the Frog Spot, the new visitor center for Friends of the LA River that will double as a cafe serving up coffee, snacks, and entertainment. (It's also accessible from the street and has "ample parking.") Starting this past weekend, the Elysian Valley cafe—operating out of a white trailer—offers neighbors and weary river path travelers free WiFi and ice water, popsicles, public restrooms, outdoor seating under "shade sails," and "the only bocce ball court on the LA River." They'll also have patches and pumps for bikers, and lots of information about the river, kayaking trips, and more.

The Frog Spot is funded by Miss Me Jeans and REI, but all sales at the cafe and from future events will go toward further FoLAR programs along the river. The cafe is open on Saturdays and Sundays, from 8 am to 4 pm through October 5. Ticketed events will take place Saturday evenings from 5 pm to 8 pm, and information on those events will be at Frog Spot's website.

[Photos by Grove Pashley]

· Frog Spot Cafe [Official Site]