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