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Thursday, July 24, 2014

parks & recreation

Will Atwater maintenance yard become a new riverside park?

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ATWATER VILLAGE — It’s a prime chunk of real estate in the far north end of Atwater Village: nearly 25-acres of land that stretches along the eastern bank of the L.A. River with views of Griffith Park on the other side of the channel. Park and ... Read More »

Perhaps they should call it the Echo Park Lily Festival

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ECHO PARK — The Lotus Festival  returns to Echo Park Lake next month after a three-year absence, with colorful posters heralding the weekend-long celebration of Asian cultures and, of course, the lake’s historic and revitalized lotus bed. There is one problem, however. The flower featured on ... Read More »

Echo Park Lake blooms with life one year after reopening

ECHO PARK — It’s been nearly a year since Echo Park Lake reopened to the public after a lengthy closure and extensive clean up.  Despite heavy use, lawn problems,  pink blobs  and  yoga controversies, the lake and surrounding park have held up pretty well over the past ... Read More »

Active Eastsider: Man Up With Pilates; Everybody’s Talking “Core”; Nutritious Ways To Maintain Goal Weight; Fitness & Wellness Notes

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In This Month’s Active Eastsider: Eastside Fitness & Wellness Notes  • Man Up With Pilates • Nutritious Ways To Maintain Goal Weight   • Everybody’s Talking About “The Core” • Upcoming Events Eastside Fitness & Wellness Notes Ascot Hills Trails:  Ascot Hills Park in El Sereno offers breathtaking ... Read More »

Camping out by the L.A. River

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GLASSELL PARK — There were campfires, ghost stories and passing Metrolink passenger trains during Saturday night’s “First Ever L.A. River Camp Out.” Of course, homeless people live and sleep along the river channel but technically it has not been legal to camp out on the river ... Read More »

Lincoln Heights’ river greenway finally open to the public

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LINCOLN HEIGHTS –  The Ed P. Reyes River Greenway in Lincoln Heights is now officially open to the public after the city installed some heavy-duty gates to secure the one acre of parkland next to the L.A. River. The greenway, which features a  small stream, pathways ... Read More »

A new generation of palm trees take root in Elysian Park

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Elysian Park has been planted with a grove of more than 100 knee-high palm trees that will one day replace the majestic Canary Island Date Palms that are slowly dying from a fatal tree fungus. The new trees -  Chilean Wine Palms, Jubaea chilensis – were ... Read More »

Purple (or are they pink?) pipes to deliver recycled water to Elysian Park

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ELYSIAN PARK –  The colorful pipes now being installed along the Avenue of the Palms in Elysian Park  are a small part of a bigger project to irrigate the 575-acre park with recycled or reclaimed water.  State laws mandate that reclaimed water pipes must be purple ... Read More »

Echo Park Lake lotus bed unveiled

The anti-bird netting covering the lotus bed at Echo Park Lake was being removed today a few weeks after a resident complained that the nets had trapped and separated ducklings from their mothers, leading some chicks to die.  It’s not clear if the removal of the ... Read More »

New green space taking shape in Echo Park

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ECHO PARK –  After several years of planning and preparation,  work is expected to begin soon on transforming  empty lots next to a city recreation center on Patton Street  into an approximately half-acre park and community garden. A ceremonial ground breaking was held last month and ... Read More »