Soccer players wear out the grass and their welcome at Elysian Park

Recreation and Park workers were spotted this weekend installing “No soccer” signs at a popular and unofficial playing field in Elysian Park near Academy Road and Stadium Way.  The signs came to late for the lawn, which has pretty much turned to dirt and mud.  The opening of soccer playing areas at Rio de Los Angeles State Park and Vista Hermosa Park in recent years has apparently not satisfied demand for futbol fields.

Bottom photo by Echo Park resident


  1. I’d love it if they’d both open more soccer fields and enforce the “no soccer” signs that already exist. Nobody pays any attention to those signs because they’re NEVER enforced. At my local park, signs that are up and ignored every single day say “No soccer,” “No bicycles,” “No parking,” “Picnic areas by reservation only,” and include warnings about how dog owners who don’t clean up after their dogs will be cited (compliance with that one is about 50/50).

    I have never, ever seen anyone cited for anything in that park.

    At the same time, the fact that the city would build neighborhood parks anywhere east of Hollywood that have multiple baseball diamonds and no soccer field smacks of forced gentrification. Clearly there is a demand that is not being met if people are ignoring these signs to squeeze into already crowded parks to play soccer.

    Open more soccer fields and enforce the existing restrictions. Putting up signs is absurd if nobody’s going to back them up with action.

  2. And by the way, “soccer fields” doesn’t have to mean full size, regulation soccer fields. The vast majority of soccer activity in parks is people setting up cones or trash cans and kicking a ball around in a space about the size of a basketball court. So why not have some basketball-court-sized designated soccer areas with no-net goalposts?

  3. The Parks & Rec should charge a nominal/minimal fee for groups to reserve playing time (like $1. a player for two hours) and use the money to maintain the turf.

  4. Bullshit! Next they’ll be putting up a “don’t breathe the park’s air” sign up, or “dont leave your carbon footprint”. I understand about preserving public spaces, but come on. There are plenty of green spaces in that park to picnic.

  5. How racist! You know if the grass were torn up by white people playing bocce or croquet this would have never happened!

    (…Just a little humor, people!)

  6. Double Standards

    THEY CAME FIRST for the Echo Park Lake vendors ,
    and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a vendor.

    THEN THEY CAME for the Elysian Park soccer players,
    and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a soccer player.

    THEN THEY CAME for me
    and by that time no one was left to speak up.

  7. I don’t play soccer but I love walking to the park and watching the soccer games. One of the things I love about Elysian Park is how well used it is by the community. I understand the no fire/BBQ signs but no soccer in the park? What is a park for if not to run and play!?! I hardly see the baseball diamond being used- why don’t they turn it into a soccer field?

  8. The idea that park and rec gives a crap about Elysian Park is laughable. I’m tired of walking through the park every day, every day watching it get torn up more, less loved, less respected. The soccer players represent the best of green spaces: local people using the park for recreation. Don’t punish them – start doing actual work to help the park, prevent taggers, get off-leash dogs back on leashes, get the bathrooms cleaned. This is just silly and lazy of Park and Recs.

  9. Wow – this does seem very off and I agree, it misses the point of our parks as public spaces for people to gather and be together – and soccer – play together. In such a park poor city like LA – it’s troubling to see this.

  10. Look at the grass but don’t touch! wow! amazing. At my local park (Belvedere Park, ELA) hundreds of kids get kicked out every week for the same reason. Walk away frustrated while at the same time watch others play baseball or football. I for one just moved on and drove out to Pasadena but all for all the kids that walked there just turned back and left. Many kids belonging to a local housing projects which just wanna get out and get a kick around. But hey having nice green grass is more important right?

  11. hey ant are you do there

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