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Saturday, September 24, 2016

parks & recreation

Why taking a dip in the L.A. River may be hazardous to your health

ELYSIAN VALLEY -- Heading down to the L.A. River this summer? Maybe you should avoid getting wet, according to a water quality study conducted in Elysian Valley and other parts of the river. The study by the environmental group Heal the Bay found high levels bacteria in the water, prompting the group to warn visitors to limit their contact with the water and avoid swimming or dunking your head in the water. Read More »

Moby On Board: New Silver Lake Reservoir advocacy group gains “Forward” momentum [correction]

Eastsider file photo, June 2012

SILVER LAKE -- Amid the saga of draining and someday refilling the Silver Lake Reservoir, residents may have noticed a new advocacy group getting mentioned over and over — especially at the June 30 town hall meeting with the L.A. Department of Water and Power. One speaker after another identified themselves as a member of Silver Lake Forward - a group that has pulled together longtime conservation advocates with various media professionals who include the musician Moby. Read More »

Will there be less lotus at Echo Park Lake this year?

echo park lake less lotus june 2016

ECHO PARK — Pink and cream-colored blossoms have already begun to emerge above the floppy green leaves of Echo Park Lake’s famed lotus bed.  But, only a few weeks before the annual Lotus Festival, large sections of the lotus bed in the northwest corner of the ... Read More »

Silver Lake’s Bellevue Park gets some long-awaited fixing up

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SILVER LAKE -- Bellevue Park is finally getting a little attention. The Department of Recreation and Parks dedicated some newly installed fitness equipment at the park - including apparatuses for bench press, squats and elliptical cardio. Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell added that five new melaleuca trees have been planted at the park. Read More »

York Park is nice but where are the swings?

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HIGHLAND PARK –  Last year saw the opening of York Park, the site of a former gas station now packed with slides, outdoor musical equipment, restrooms, amphitheater, exercise equipment, walking paths, tables and chairs and a large canopy.  But where are the swings?  That’s what some ... Read More »

Celebration turns to concern over Flat Top open space

Flat Top hill | Montecito Heights

Neighborhood activists were victorious in 2014 when they blocked a real estate development on a hill named Flat Top,  preserving the hilltop between Montecito Heights and Lincoln Heights as open space. Within a few months, however,  complaints started cropping up that Northeast Trees, the environmental group that ... Read More »

Water is in short supply at Debs Park pond

Debs Park Pond in better days | Martha Benedict

One of the rewards for hiking up to one of the highest points in Debs Park is a hilltop pond surrounded by trees and views of the city and mountains. But in recent weeks park visitors have been surprised to discover that the water level in ... Read More »

East L.A. park goers welcome improvements

New fitness equipment | C.J. Salgado

EAST LOS ANGELES -- This summer Atlantic Park in East L.A. got some upgrades that, although summer has officially ended, the community will continue to make use of, especially with the continuing warm weather which keeps many enjoying the outdoors well into the evening hours. Read More »

Finally some shade at York Park

York boulevard shade structure

HIGHLAND PARK —  A long-promised canopy has been finally installed at York Park, rising like a giant tent over the central play area.  While the new park at the corner of York Boulevard and Avenue 50 has several trees, they are still too small to provide ... Read More »

A parking lot in a park draws criticism in Lincoln Heights

The site of the new parking lot has been fenced off in preparation for construction

LINCOLN HEIGHTS -- For many years a section of grass and dirt in front of the Plaza de la Raza Cultural Center in Lincoln Park has served as a parking lot for staff and patrons. That’s going to change after $833,000 in public funds have been allocated to build a paved and landscaped lot a few steps from the front of center. But a Lincoln Heights resident is asking why the city has approved turning a section of the park into a parking lot.

City smooths over the rough roads of Elysian Park

Photo by Katrina Alexy

Driving and biking the narrow and crumbling roads of Elysian Park has been like running an obstacle course, with visitors having to maneuver around giant pot holes, large cracks and missing chunks of pavement. In recent weeks, however, motorists and cyclists have faced different types of obstacles in the form of detours, bulldozers and work crews. It's part of $2.3 million project to resurface the park's miles of roads.

Boyle Heights park may benefit from Downtown development

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Boyle Heights — Hollenbeck Park would receive  $1 million in improvements under a deal between the city and a Chinese developer  building a massive Downtown L.A. project. The money would come from Greenland LA Metropolis Acquisition, which is building a giant residential and commercial development in ... Read More »