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Major green makeover planned for El Sereno’s Ascot Hills Park

Kite flying at Debs Park

Kite flying at Debs Park

El SERENO — Spread over more than 90 acres of rolling hills, Ascot Hills Park is one of the largest open, green spaces on the Eastside.  Most of the acres are covered only with grassland, with little in the way of large trees and shrubs. But now the city is scrambling to complete a deal that would see the park planted with hundreds of trees and thousands of shrubs as well as the creation of a native habitat.

North East Trees, a nonprofit dedicated to creating green spaces in urban areas, has secured a $989,000 grant to pay for most of the Ascot Hills Park Habitat Restoration and Greening Project. But in order to start tapping those funds, Northeast Trees, the city and the L.A. Department of Water & Power, which owns the land, must complete a 20-year-agreement and submit the necessary paper work by Oct. 1, according to city documents.

“The project is designed to help restore the native flora of Ascot Hills Park, attract native fauna back to the park, capture storm water runoff
and allow for natural infiltration, and improve air quality,” said a staff report.

A total of $1.65 million will be needed to complete the project, which will focus on about 40 acres in the center of  park north of the Multnomah Street entrance. What will that money pay for? Here’s a rundown of some of the items:

  • 950 trees
  • 5,000 shrubs
  • Restore about 14 acres of native habitat
  • Two natural storm water infiltration areas
  • Two vista points
  • Interpretative signage

The agreement between the agencies and North East trees would last 20 years.

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6 comments

  1. “.. allow for natural infiltration…”

    It seems the landscaping will permit an even greater incursion of gentry, but I’m not sure how. Perhaps their spies will use it for cover.

  2. Now that’s a great idea! Tree shade is always welcome on the Eastside, where concrete dominates the landscape.

  3. This is wonderful! Trees are needed on the east side! Great news!!!

  4. Say no to regification! The royal class is moving in displacing the gentry.

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