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County to chip in up to $500,000 to preserve Silver Lake open space

Red Car Property | Diane Edwardson

Red Car Property | Diane Edwardson

SILVER LAKE — The L.A. County Board of Supervisors voted today to allocate up to $500,000 to help buy an approximately 10-acre ribbon of land where Red Car trolleys once traveled through the northeast corner of Silver Lake.

This is a step forward to purchase what’s called the Red Car Property but much more work and money will be needed. “This is great news,” said blogger and activist Diane Edwardson, who along with other residents has been working for more than 20 years to have the property preserved as open space. “But it’s not a done deal.”

While the land is privately owned,  the Red Car property is a popular trail used by the public and serves as an expanded back yard for many nearby property owners. Interest in the Red Car property was renewed in 2012 when the owner put the strip of land up for sale for an undisclosed price as proposed development site.

The money that will be allocated by the county is only a portion of the funds that are needed to buy the strip of land that curves through the hills and behind homes and apartments near the 2 and 5 Freeways.  The City of L.A. and other entities have also pledged to help pay for the purchase,  according to a report by the Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District.

“The Trust for Public Land proposes to conserve the Corralitas Red Car Property because it is an urban jewel; it is a haven for local residents to walk among nature,” said a statement issued by County Supervisor Hilda Solis. “Walnut and oak woodlands fill the open space and it is home to various raptor and mammal species. The property is considered to be a key wildlife corridor between Griffith and Elysian Parks, two local premier natural landscapes.”

It’s still not clear, however, when the purchase will be completed and how much more will be needed to maintain the space. The Eastsider has contacted the Trust for Public Land, which has been spearheading efforts to purchase the property, for details.

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6 comments

  1. Thank you Diane!!

  2. Rare good news…..thanks, Diane, for publicizing this property over the years. This could be a big win for our environment and quality of life in Echo Park/Silverlake.

  3. This is miracle news! If, we, the community an help in any small way to fundraise and support, let us know. Diane and other involved stewards of the land, thank you!!!!!

  4. If any community has earned this park it is Silver Lake but of course this is the same community that also deserves an authentic full service Whole Foods, not an el cheapo spin off innocuously named (they know exactly what they are doing) “365”…..We’ll see if the powers that be actually let this plan for a park come to fruition.

  5. Wonderful news, and a big thanks to Diane and the other neighborhood activists who have stuck with this issue, gone to the meetings and kept it in the fore front.

  6. This is such a beautiful tract of land and it breaks my heart the way people use it as a dumping ground (actually driving cars onto the field to dump off untold amounts of bizarre biohazard). The wildlife here is amazing, with hawks, owls and coyotes abounding. It would be amazing to see this area tended to and protected. Let us know how we can help Diane.

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