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Thursday, September 29, 2016

It’s not easy being a snowman in Elysian Park

Workers at Elysian Park today installed this year’s batch of holiday snowmen and snowwoman – made from tumbleweeds spray-painted white – around the park. But there won’t be a snowman at the corner of Stadium Way and Scott Avenue this year, said lead senior gardener John Salaisas.

He said that the snowman cutback was the result of several challenges, including a poor selection of tumbleweeds in the Griffith Park landfill and a lengthy vacation taken by the employee who normally oversees the holiday decorating at the park. While vandalism has not been a big problem, the snowman at Scott Avenue and Stadium Way had to be constantly repaired and rebuilt to undo damage, Salaisas. So, after park workers grumbled about all the extra effort to care for that decoration, the Scott Avenue snowman was retired this year.

That still leaves four other holiday creations, including one along North Broadway, another at the park maintenance yard near Solano Canyon and a couple (pictured above) on Stadium Way. Workers still need to add a hat to the snowwoman – pictured above in a red cape and earrings – on Stadium Way. After that, the park’s decorating crew is done – until the next strong wind comes along.



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