This three-acre woodland garden along the L.A. River and the Arroyo Seco demonstrates the power of totally awesome community volunteers. In 1998, they began lobbying the city of South Pasadena, congressman Adam Schiff, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority to transform a nasty illegal dump into easy-access public parkland. Late in 2004, the park opened for dog walkers, horseback riders, day trippers and joggers. It’s now home to gorgeous native plants, meandering paths, a lovely view of historic York Boulevard Bridge and Mount Washington, and a name that says it all. The ASSPWWP features rare California native walnut trees, sycamores, and a savannah grassland Invasive plants were removed by saintly volunteers who still provide maintenance days. Kindly watch your step in case new native plantings aren’t yet labeled. This place is easy to miss, so look for the boulder walls out front.
100 block of Pasadena Ave., South Pasadena