Echo Park’s landmark Jensen’s Recreation Center sign got a boost last night when the Echo Park neighborhood council approved a $2,500 grant to help relight the 1924 sign. But what about some recognition and help for the neighborhood’s other notable signage, Echo Park resident Ida Talalla asked after the meeting. Specifically, what about the giant giraffe and hand saw that had stood across from each other on Temple Street near Glendale Boulevard, forming an unofficial gateway in the southern edge of the neighborhood. The giraffe still rises into the sky above an empty storefront on the south side of Temple Street; but the giant saw on the north side has been removed after the former hardware store became a flooring and home decor store. The giant saw now sits on its side in the parking lot next door to the store. Is the saw headed for the scrapyard or Ebay? The Eastsider is waiting to hear back from the owner.
Note: The Eastsider is a board member of the Echo Park Historical Society, which is spearheading the effort to relight the Jensen’s sign.