Community welcomes new Elysian Park expansion

Swinging time away at the new addition to Elysian Park. Photo by Mary-Austin Klein.

Councilman Eric Garcetti and residents were on hand Thursday afternoon for the grand opening of five acres of new parkland that stretches from Riverside Drive in Elysian Valley up to the hills of Elysian Heights. The $880,000 park, which serves as an extension of

Eric Garcetti

nearby Elysian Park, has been in the making for more than a decade after residents were able to halt the construction of a giant warehouse on the site in the early 1990s.  Garcetti, in a press release, said:

Elysian Park is a gem in our community and now it’s getting bigger and better.  The expansion provides a new place for kids of all ages to play everything from basketball to checkers in a beautiful outdoor environment.

The park includes a ball court, playground, outdoor classroom and walking paths.

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  1. A beautiful addition! The new playstructures are unique and fun. Hope the city can dig a little deeper to provide some shade structures soon, ’cause the mid-day sun is brutal on that rubberized surface and blacktop. Thanks, neighbors and Councilman.

  2. As nice as this extension is, you’d have thought the city would have included rest rooms. I hate to make the obvious statement with regard to what the city appears to do with our money.

  3. Where is it located?

  4. It’s on Riverside Dr.W of Stadium Way. No pottties or shade for the kidddies? Guess you can’t take small children there. What a shame.
    And the city is pocketing/missmanaging your money.

  5. Ajijill, I feel the obligation to speak out against these falsehoods that you state. You CAN take small children there. There is no reason why not! In fact, I have taken small children there and will continue to do so. We don’t need to be so coddled with shade and potties – just visit in the late afternoon and go to the bathroom before you leave!

  6. Yeah! Fantastic. On the suggestions – I’ll throw my 2 cents. I agree with maybe a couple of shade structures. It would also be cool if a few more trees were planted just so that in 30 more years they could be big and provide shade as well. I agree with toilets only if its extremely low-maintenance low-water low-energy. Anyway, all in good time I’m sure. For now, the park extension is a long-awaited victory for this neighborhood. Please don’t knock it.

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