New park takes shape in Elysian Valley

Elysian Valley  L.A. River

New picnic shelter under construction at Marsh Park.

New Marsh Park site in Elysian ValleyCyclists and pedestrians passing through Elysian Valley on the L.A. River Path have been able to get a sneak peek at what will become the neighborhood’s newest green space: Marsh Park.  Scheduled to be completed this summer, the new three-acres of parkland will serve as an expansion of the adjacent Marsh Street Nature Park and the Marsh Street Skate Park. Together, the parks will virtually wrap around an industrial building and have access to the river path.

The $3.2 million project will include a “free play” meadow, walking paths, fitness stations, restrooms, outdoor classroom/gathering area,  more than 40 parking spaces and a picnic shelter that could accommodate up to 20o people, according to information provided by the Mountains Recreation Conservation Authority, which is in charge of the park.

It  “will be the nicest green space available to riders on the bike path including restrooms, shade structures, and picnic areas,” said Dash Stolarz, Director of Public Affairs for the agency.  ” The parking lot will be a nice staging area for the bike path as well.”

Plan for the Marsh Park expansion | MRCA


  1. Yay! Can’t wait to step in abandoned dog turds in this beautiful park!

    • Yay! Can’t Wait Till All The Gang @ Tagger Graffiti Starts Showing Up’ Look At The Fig @ Riv Bridge Tagged Up’

      • preservation patriot

        Just help save the bridge and turn it into a pedestrian park.
        Sign the petition.

    • I know. Just think of the loss of the wide sweeping vistas of the current “huge vacant lot fenced off behind an industrial site.”. What a loss for the neighborhood.

  2. “…get a sneak peak at what will become…” It’s “sneak peek,” not “sneak peak,” unless you are referring to the peAk of a mountain.

  3. What’s with the “Taco Bell” architecture? In a city full of architects, this is the best design they could come up with? This monstrosity belongs in a strip mall in Reseda, not a park in LA!

  4. And only HALF of it will be a parking lot which separates the park from the surrounding neighborhood while pushing the park area itself up against the industrial site. Well done…

    • The Rio De Los Angeles State Park suffers from similar design and huge parking lot (which of course, is almost never close to capacity unless there are special events). This is like a strip mall park…not cool.

  5. They forgot to mention that people will be able to admire and enjoy the beautiful and unique view of …. a GREAT HUGE GREY WALL THAT STANDS RIGHT BETWEEN THE LA RIVER, THE BIKE PATH AND THE MARSH PARK. Politicians are lying as usual, Eric Garcetti, Mitch O’Farrell, MRCA and private investors are the responsible of the GENTRIFICATION going on in the Elysian Velley and The LA River, and the destruction of the LA River ecosystem and environment.

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