Flying high above El Sereno

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After hearing many longtime El Sereno residents talk about flying kites atop the grassy Ascot Hills, the LA-32 Neighborhood Council today hosted the first Kite Flying Festival. Climbing to the top of two steep ridges over looking the city, kite flyers young and old flew kites in the shapes of dragons, boats, planes and butterflies. There were handmade kites  created for nieces and store-bought kites any Raiders fan would love. By 2 p.m, about 100 people had registered to fly kites in what organizers said they hope will become an annual tradition for Ascot Hills Park.

After flying their kites and making way to the bottom of the hill, young  kite flyers collected trophies and were asked what they achieved. “I held [the string] tight,” said five-year-old Jacob Montenegro of the Hillside Village section of El Sereno.  His sister, eleven-year-old Delilah responded, “I tried to keep it up in the air.”


  1. What a great idea! I remember flying a kite on Marina Greens in SF and trying (the trees ate our kites) to fly one on Mt Tamalpais—but this is a perfect location and wonderful family outing.
    Congratulations to all the trophy winners and especially LA 32.

  2. This turned out to be a great opportunity for families to get together and enjoy time out at the park flying kites. One parent mentioned this activity should occur monthly, because at home, all her daughter does is play on the internet. This was a remarkable family activity. Of course I had a geat time flying the kites.
    Special Thanks to the LA-32 NC Arts & Culture Committee for doing all the organizing. At last count (83) Trophies were handed out to the young participants, with an average of two adults for every child. The math adds up to about 250 total Neighbors experiencing this enjoyable afternoon with smiles.
    Look for more ‘Outdoor Family Events’ coming soon, this and many other ideas are in the works, pass by the next NC meeting on Wednesday 4-6-11 and find out how you can inspire the youth in the community.

    LA-32 NC VP
    Anthony Manzano

  3. Luis Montenegro

    At Last a place where families can enjoy the outdoors. Its been a long time but well worth it, on this great place called Ascot Hills. I remember as a small boy crawling under the fence to get into Ascot Hills and exploring the the large grassy hills and small creek that ran through it. The Red Wing Black birds that stood on the long grassy stems singing there distinct song. Those birds I dont see anymore but still the grandeur of Ascot still lives. Thanks to all that have made Ascot Hills possible and the Kite flying event of this past week. Me and my family look forward on attending next years Kite festival and continue exploring Ascot Hills.


  4. That looks like a fun event for kids. How can we get advanced notice of next year’s event?

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