Parkland in the making

Diane Edwardson of the Corralitas Red Car Blog took the above photo of the 18 acres of new parkland now under construction at the north end of Elysian Heights.  A ground breaking ceremony was held last August for the $900,000 first-phase of the hillside park, which will serve as extension of nearby Elysian Park.  The first phase – which includes five acres of trails, lawns, two playing courts, a children’s playground and an access road – is scheduled to open to the public this spring.  The park stretches from Landa Street in Elysian Heights down to Riverside Drive, where developers once planned to build a warehouse facility.


  1. I don’t think anyone considers that to be Elysian Heights. That’s Elysian Valley along Riverside Drive.

  2. That’s great news. Been watching that construction from atop the hill for awhile now, and figured it was a school or a housing development or something. Glad to hear it’ll be a park. Any word on if there will be any off-leash dog areas?

  3. @ Henry. It’s Elysian Heights at the top. Most of the boundaries I’ve seen for Elysian Valley indicate that it’s to the north of Riverside Drive. But I’ve often wondered if that commercial strip – including the theater – that runs along and on both sides of Riverside Drive should be considered Elysian Valley as well.

  4. Well will wonders never cease — am very glad like Billy, thot it was just another development, and seemed to be progressing slowly possibly grounding to halt like Chicken Corner.

    Very glad it’s a park. Wherever it’s located.

  5. Well, I’ve been around here 30 years and know the people in Elysian Valley consider those shops, including the theater, and that area of the park patch to be Elysian Valley. Even the Elysian Valley Homeowners, Renters and Businessmen’s Assn. long fought proposed developments at that site — not any Echo Park group (although there were statements of support for the Elysian Valley group by Echo Park and Elysian Park groups).

    Yes, the top of the hill and the OTHER side of the hill would be Elysian Heights, in Echo Park. But this side of the hill down below as we are talking about is Elysian Valley.

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