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Friday, July 1, 2016

parks & recreation

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 »

The guardian of a hill called Flat Top

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MONTECITO HEIGHTS -- In high school Roy Payan ran the hills of Montecito Heights for cross country. He remembers being chased by road runner hens and a very green place with rabbits and lizards high above the city in a place known as Flat Top. Today, Payan, a 57-year-old retiree, walks the trail to Flat Top and the area is bare. Beer bottles and bullet casings also litter the ground. But the glamour of Flat Top can’t be denied, like a stage atop a hill with the citizens of Los Angeles below as the audience. Read More »

Montecito Heights hilltop to become parkland

MONTECITO HEIGHTS –  A large parcel of  undeveloped hillside will become public parkland instead of a private housing project after government officials pledged $1.4 million to buy the the hill known as Flat Top. The purchase of about 37 acres is expected to be completed next ... Read More »