ELYSIAN HEIGHTS — There is perhaps nothing more ordinary than the short section of concrete retaining wall where Baxter Street bends to meet Avon Street in the Elysian Heights section of Echo Park. But among skateboarders, this wall is an irresistible challenge, with skateboarders sliding sideways across the top before leaping into the air and then barreling downhill on Baxter. This stubby wall even has a name – The Baxter Ledge – and has been featured in a few videos.
Why is the Baxter Ledge so popular? A post on Skate All Cities provides some insight (though you probably need to be a skateboarder to understand):
The floor to hit the spot is pretty rough and the downhill ledge is about 2-3 inches above knee high to get onto. On top of that, there’s also a huge crack in the middle that someone found the time to bondo making it smoother. After you come here and check out the spot you will learn to appreciate the tricks that have gone down on it so far. Who’s got a tailslide on this?
Perhaps anyone familiar with The Baxter ledge can help translate the above excerpt for the rest of us non-skateboarders.