Sunnynook Riverside Park is a 3.4-acre tract that lies along the Los Angeles River and the Golden State Freeway. Part of the LA River Revitalization Program, it also follows part of the 22-mile LA River Bike Path and connects with it. It also joins world-famous Griffith Park with Atwater Village Park via 2 pedestrian bridges across the highway and river.
The walking paths in the park are flat, curved, meandering and looping walkways of decomposed granite stone, and they wind through open and shaded sections that feature native plantings of cactus and wild rose, along with cottonwood and willow trees along the water and sycamore, oak and elderberry planted throughout the dry areas. Benches and shaded stone walls dot the walk and provide pawsome places to stop for a rest or a picnic, with views of the river reclaimed from the narrow cement canal it once was.
As you walk on the paths near the river side of the park, or cross it on a footbridge, you can look down upon the shallows strewn with river rocks and riparian grasses and shrubs. Among them you may see a number of species of waterfowl, including herons, cormorants, ducks and geese. You may even spy carp fish swimming lazily through the grass and under the stones, trying not to become lunch for one of the osprey flying above.
While the constant whoosh and occasional loud braking or horn noise of the freeway accompany you, you'll find a quiet and serene contrast as you walk among the bucolic landscape of the park or just sit and watch the world go by. The dog-friendly paths will provide Fido with some socialization and plenty of sensory stimulation, too. When you're ready to go, don't forget that Glendale Avenue is just across the bridge, offering outdoor cafes and coffee shops where you and your fur buddy can find some refreshment.
This is a pawrfect walk for those days when you want to get outside with Fido without traveling 30 miles to do it. Furbulous!