After hearing many longtime El Sereno residents talk about flying kites atop the grassy Ascot Hills, the LA-32 Neighborhood Council today hosted the first Kite Flying Festival. Climbing to the top of two steep ridges over looking the city, kite flyers young and old flew kites in the shapes of dragons, boats, planes and butterflies. There were handmade kites created for nieces and store-bought kites any Raiders fan would love. By 2 p.m, about 100 people had registered to fly kites in what organizers said they hope will become an annual tradition for Ascot Hills Park.
After flying their kites and making way to the bottom of the hill, young kite flyers collected trophies and were asked what they achieved. “I held [the string] tight,” said five-year-old Jacob Montenegro of the Hillside Village section of El Sereno. His sister, eleven-year-old Delilah responded, “I tried to keep it up in the air.”