Councilman Reyes rides into the dispute over Elysian Park car shows

Elysian Park on Saturday was host to yet another car show, this one featuring Ford Mustangs, that have recently triggered tension between nearby residents and car show fans. The office of Councilman Eric Garcetti announced an effort to crackdown on the shows held on Stadium Way under a colonade of century-old palms trees. But getting city agencies organized to control classic car and lowriders beauty pagents in the park has proven tougher than expected. Now, Councilman Ed Reyes, whose district includes most of Elysian Park, has also stepped into the fray. Instead of blocking the lowriders, however, Reyes wants to strike a deal with the car clubs over the use of Elysian Park.

In May, Reyes held what his spokeswoman Monica Valencia describes as the first meeting between car clubs and the city over concerns about parking, trash and other issues related to the shows, which have been held in the park since the 1950s, she said. The meeting was attended by the representatives of more than 35 car clubs as well as officials from the city’s police, public safety and parks department, she said.

“The meeting … went very well,” Valencia said in an email. “Issues discussed include noise levels, picnics coinciding with Dodger games, and City rules and regulations governing park use. Council member Reyes continues to work with residents and car club representatives so that all events at Elysian Park can be a positive experience for the community.”

As for this Saturday’s show, the V6 Mustang Meet seemed pretty tame compared to some of the larger shows, legal and illegal, that have rolled into the park.

“You might have missed it because it was less rowdy compared to the most recent car shows,” said Diego Aguilar who sent photos of the show. “It was a day full of beautiful … cars and giveaways from the sponsors.

Photos by Diego Aguilar

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