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Friday, August 1, 2014

Elysian Heights residents celebrate new parkland 20 years in the making *

Residents will gather this afternoon on the northern edge of Elysian Heights for the ground breaking of 18 acres of new parkland.  It’s been a long battle for residents who about 20 years ago blocked a developer’s plans to transform a hillside tract off Riverside Drive into a warehouse complex.  But the work was far from over. Members of the Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park then spearheaded a lengthy effort to secure funding to have the city purchase the property to serve as an extension of nearby Elysian Park.  The project has also been marked by disputes over its name and concerns about parking. But, now after funding for construction was secured, work has begun on the two-phase project that includes room for sports field on the flats near Riverside Drive and scenic vistas and trails near the top.

The groundbreaking ceremony at 1800 Riverside Drive will begin at 4 P.M.

* Updated with bottom photo from ceremony. Photo by Katrina Alexy

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5 comments

  1. That’s NOT Elysian Heights! That’s Elysian Valley. It fronts on Riverside Drive.

  2. Henry, the park addition connects Elysian Heights with Elysian Valley. The south end fronts Landa Street.

  3. Good day and thanks for the post. I am very curious about the “outdoor classroom” shown on the plan diagram of the park development. Is there any website/source who may tell me whether they will have a community garden or classes on how to grow edibles?

    All in all, I am glad it is a park program development and not another blocky-massive commercial loft towers development. Who is designing this anyway?

    Cheers!
    -L

  4. There is no way to connect Elysian Valley with Elysian Heights. Riverside Drive divides the two. If there is a hill then the park is in Elysian Heights. Elysian Valley has no hills.

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