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 »
parks & recreation
LINCOLN HEIGHTS — Curbed L.A. reports on a bright red shipping container that has been placed on the top of Flat Top hill — raising complaints from neighbors, prompting an order by the city of Los Angeles for removal, and even possibly stirring criminal charges. The ... Read More »
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 »
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 »
EAST HOLLYWOOD -- The Los Angeles Community Garden Council says it will open its third-largest community garden in the city here, about three blocks south of Los Feliz. Read More »
SILVER LAKE -- When all the water was drained out of Silver Lake Reservoir, how did the ducks feel about it? Read More »
SILVER LAKE -- Some residents are starting to wonder when the water will ever coming back to the Silver Lake Reservoir — and as of now, the L.A. Department of Water and Power doesn’t have an answer. Read More »
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 »
EAST LOS ANGELES -- Workers have been busy during the past few months at Atlantic Park, giving this small but well-used park some new life some well-deserved attention to an overlooked but decades-old veterans memorial. Read More »
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 »
LINCOLN HEIGHTS — It has been, according to one employee, more than five years since anyone has taken a dip in the Lincoln Park Pool, which is now filled with leaves and debris. Renderings of a new pool and bathhouse on display in the adjoining recreation ... Read More »
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 »
SILVER LAKE — The L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted today to allocate up to $500,000 to help buy an approximately 10-acre ribbon of land where Red Car trolleys once traveled through the northeast corner of Silver Lake. This is a step forward to purchase what’s called ... Read More »
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 »
ECHO PARK -- Skateboarders can’t resist turning an empty backyard swimming pool into a skate park. Now, the city wants to do the same with a closed municipal pool. Read More »
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 »
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 »
El SERENO — Spread over more than 90 acres of rolling hills, Ascot Hills Park is one of the largest open, green spaces on the Eastside. Most of the acres are covered only with grassland, with little in the way of large trees and shrubs. But ... Read More »
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 ... Read More »
ECHO PARK –– Wedged between homes and alleyways, Patton Street Park and Garden occupies less than half an acre of property. But when the new park officially opens this coming weekend, visitors will find a lot to do in the relatively small space, which has been ... Read More »
The City Council is moving forward to once again ban unpermitted vendors from city parks after being virtually powerless for years to stop such vending that included swap meets at Echo Park Lake and private yoga classes in the Silver Lake Meadow.
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.
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.
HIGHLAND PARK — Throngs of kids and adults swarmed over York Park today during a grand opening celebration and street festival for the $3 million park and playground, complete with a rattlesnake slide and outdoor xylophone.
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 »