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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Who needs a grand opening to enjoy a new park? *

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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.

Related post:
Elysian Heights residents celebrate parkland 20 years in the making. The Eastsider



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7 comments

  1. Finally! I drive by this place everyday as that brand new court just sits there teasing me within the locked gates.

  2. Enjoy it while you can…in no time the equipment will have been vandalized and the play area will smell vaguely of urine.

  3. Thanks for posting this! We drive past that park all the time and have been wondering when it will open.

  4. This is great. I use Elysian Park’s play areas all the time with my son, and I find the playgrounds themselves to be very clean an well taken care of.

  5. I drove up there yesterday morning when I noticed the open gate, and it was looking wonderful in its isolation. Not a single piece of litter, no beer cans, just beautifully clean open space.

  6. I HOPE MY 1YR OLD ENJOY IT WHAT DO U GUYS THINK? WE JUST NEED IT A PLACE LIKE THAT 4 OUR LITTLE ONE

  7. Played a little pick up basketball today, love this place. Look forward to playing basketball and coming to this park w/ my friend and his newborn for years to come.

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