A new park that stretches from Riverside Drive in Elysian Valley up to the hills of Elysian Heights has yet to officially open – there are not even signs posted. But this morning Elysian Heights resident Liza Lang was driving by with her two children when she noticed the gate was open. No one stopped her and that’s how she and her daughter, 5-1/2 year-old Poppy, and son, 2-1/2 year-old Shepard, had 18 acres of new park all to themselves. “It’s beautiful,” said Lang as her kids played on the new swings and a set of bongos (such a great idea!). After driving up a short winding road past a basketball court, Lang and her kids found themselves in a grassy field surrounded by hills and a grove of trees. “Look at the forest,” Poppy told her mom after arriving in the park.
Lang and her kids won’t have the park, an extension of nearby Elysian Park, to themselves for long. A grand opening for the first phase of the park is scheduled for later this month, according to the office of Councilman Eric Garcetti.
Update: A ribbon cutting ceremony has been scheduled for 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 28.
Elysian Heights residents celebrate parkland 20 years in the making. The Eastsider