ELYSIAN HEIGHTS — It’s been nearly five years since the first phase of an 18-acre chunk of new parkland opened on a hillside that rises up from Riverside Drive. The park has a basketball court, playgrounds, picnic areas and trails. What it does not have is a name.
The space, which at one point was the site of a proposed warehouse complex, is considered an expansion of nearby Elysian Park. But there’s a gap between the two parks, with the new, nameless park standing on its own. Now, Councilman Mitch O’Farrell has proposed that the city’s Recreation and Parks Commission consider finally giving a name to the new park: Walnut Hill at Elysian Park.
The name was recommended by the Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park because the new park is surrounded by California Black Walnut (juglans californica) trees, according to council motion introduced by O’Farrell.
On Monday, the City Council’s Arts, Parks and River Committee, which is chaired by O’Farrell, approved the motion. But there’s no word yet with the parks commissioners will consider the proposal.
- Update on Aug 9, 2015: The City Council approved the name.
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