Thursday, October 27, 2016

Active Eastsider-Outdoors & Recreation

Bowling for bargains in Northeast L.A.

With the opening of Highland Park Bowl last month, there’s a renewed interest in the art of knocking down pins in an alley both as sport and recreation. After all, bowling is socially ecumenical: it’s a great place for kids birthday parties, fun for families, the perfect second date for teens, social outlet for seniors, college bonding, Father’s Day Fun, the list goes on, Read More »

Bike polo, anyone?

Bike polo player Melody Brocious | Sam Bennett

ECHO PARK -- If Melody Brocious invites you to play polo, expect to ride a bike, not a horse. The 30-year-old Echo Park resident is a bike polo player. After moving to Los Angeles, Brocious, an avid cyclist, sought out other bicyclists to ride with,” said Brocious. “One of the riders she met was a bike polo player who invited her to check out a match. Read More »

Silver Lake’s Bellevue Park gets some long-awaited fixing up


SILVER LAKE -- Bellevue Park is finally getting a little attention. The Department of Recreation and Parks dedicated some newly installed fitness equipment at the park - including apparatuses for bench press, squats and elliptical cardio. Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell added that five new melaleuca trees have been planted at the park. Read More »

Girl skateboarders challenge tradition in Boyle Heights

Photo courtesy Boyle Heights Beat

BOYLE HEIGHTS -- Candice Avendaño began skateboarding to impress a boyfriend. “He was a skater. I guess I wanted to have more in common, so I started skating,” says the 17-year-old Boyle Heights resident. “But after a while, I realized that skating is really fun, and I really wanted to get into it, so I started skating.” Read More »

Elysian Valley kayaker leaves his disability on the shore

Kayaker Andy Janicki paddles away | Courtesy Andy Janicki

ELYSIAN VALLEY -- “The one that about being in a wheelchair is that you are often looking down on the ground, making sure you won’t run over something, watching for rocks or other obstacles,” says 32-year-old Andy Janicki. “When you are in a kayak, you can look up and all around. It’s a whole new experience that empowers those with disabilities.” Read More »

Was that Chicken Boy in the L.A. River?

Photo by Martha Benedict

ELYSIAN VALLEY — A stretch of the L.A. River was turned into a race course on Saturday, with kayakers, canoeists and paddleboarders, some of whom were dressed in costume or accompanied by dogs, zipping down the waterway. In addition to spectators, the second annual L.A. River ... Read More »

LA River Boat Race Returns with Costumes, New Course, Good Times


Grab those water socks and head on down to the Glendale Narrows Recreation Zone for the 2nd Annual LA River Boat Race on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015. Honorary boaters will hit the water starting at 11:30 a.m., with Los Angeles City Council River Committee chair Mitch O’Farrell welcoming the official racers at noon. Read More »

New path to turn East L.A. cemetery into a fitness zone

Rendering of Calvary Cemetery Walking Path on Eastern Avenue | Courtesy L.A. County

EAST LOS ANGELES — Work is scheduled to begin next year on transforming the barren and narrow sidewalk around Calvary Cemetery into a two-mile long, shaded walking and jogging path. The $3.6 million path, part of Metro’s Eastside Access Project of transit-related improvements, will feature wider ... Read More »

Cyclists and pedestrians to rule the road on Sunday between Echo Park and East L.A.


Leave your cars and trucks at home on Sunday. Cyclists and pedestrians will take over 10 miles of streets between East Los Angeles and Echo Park for CicLAvia. It's the first-time the route ventures into Echo Park and East Los Angeles, where it generated concerns about gentrification. Motorists, however, might be more concerned about traffic congestion as streets will be closed for much of Sunday. Read More »