Grab a tumbleweed and some shears. It’s time to build the Elysian Park snowmen *

Volunteers are needed on Thursday morning to help shape, trim and assemble Elysian Park’s holiday decorations made out of tumbleweeds. City budget cuts had threatened the Elysian Park snowmen and snowwoman with extinction until volunteers stepped in to help out and defray expenses. Park staff  collect and spray paint the tumbleweeds, leaving volunteers to trim and accessorize the figures with hats made from plastic buckets and noses cut from the tips of playing field cones.

Volunteers are asked to show up this Thursday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. at the park maintenance yard at Academy Road and Solano Canyon Drive.  Send an email to hello@TheEastsiderLA.com to be notified of any potential scheduling change.

* Update: Volunteers are asked to bring gloves and wear long sleeve shirts and pants.


  1. yea! they’re back again this year 🙂

  2. I LOVE these! Every year. But can’t they skip the spray paint and just leave them flesh toned? Is that too au naturel?

  3. Looking forward to seeing Ely & Elysia.

  4. Thursday is December 1st. So is this Thursday the 1st or Friday the 2nd?

  5. Snow people building postponed until Tuesday. The Park suffered badly from the winds last night and crews are redirected to damage assessment and tree removals.


  6. @cp007 — Glad they postponed it — aside from the need to fix damage to the park, this is no day to be decorating tumbleweeds — they’d probably just blow away!

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