ECHO PARK — The City Council has voted in favor of renaming Elysian Park Avenue in honor of legendary Dodger play-by-play announcer Vin Scully. But as the city goes through the process of implementing the name change, some last-minute opposition has surfaced to keep Elysian Park Avenue on the map.
The Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park, the Echo Park Historical Society* and the head of the Echo Park Improvement Association have voiced their opposition to erasing the name of Elysian Park Avenue, which has been existence since the late 19th century. The groups instead want to rename the intersection of Stadium Way and Elysian Park Avenue, which is near one of Dodger Stadium’s main entrances, as “Vin Scully Plaza.”
A city survey mailed to property owners and residents who live along the two-block stretch of Elysian Park Avenue found that 12 opposed changing the name while four supported the measure. But most persons did not respond to the survey. Public Works spokesman Paul Gomez said the City Council has the final authority to change the name to Vin Scully Way despite the results.
The City Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the name change during its Friday, April 8 meeting.
* Jesus Sanchez, publisher of The Eastsider, is a board member of the historical society.
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