Get your tumbleweed and spray paint. It’s time to make an Elysian Park snowman

Last week The Eastsider reported that the Recreation and Parks Department would not be able to decorate Elysian Park with  snowmen – made from tumbleweeds –  this holiday season as a result of budget cuts.  Fans of the holiday figures, however, have come to the rescue by volunteering to build the decorations on Friday at 10 a.m. at the park maintenance yard at Academy Road and Solano Canyon Drive. Park maintenance supervisor Mark Jackson will send out his workers on Thursday to collect the necessary tumbleweeds on Thursday and two staff members will show the volunteers how to shape and decorate the snowmen on Friday morning.  An Echo Park resident named Connie who has organized the snowman rescue said more volunteers are needed to help:

“We will need to bring gloves and clippers to trim the tumbleweeds. [Mark Jackson] said he will be able to have the painters come and spray them and that his staff will transport them to their holiday homes once we complete them.  He warned me that they take a lot of work, which I’m sure they do! So, wear long sleeves, bring your gloves and clippers for shaping and we’ll see you on Friday at 10!!!!!!!”


  1. yay connie !!!!

  2. Oh man, wish I could join you but I have to work. I am an art teacher. Let me know if I can be of any help if you do it on a weekend! THANK YOU! I really like those tumbleweed snowmen. Thanks for taking the time to bring them back this year, Connie and others.

  3. This makes me happy and shows the direct action and positive effect of this website. Kudos Eastsider.

  4. That is super cute, good job! 🙂

  5. Yeah. I am glad the community has time to help. I was really sad at the prospect of losing these guys!

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