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Councilman brings attention to homeless in Elysian Park

The growing number of homeless in Elysian Park came into the spotlight on ABC7, as 1st District Councilman Gil Cedillo got together with a team of professionals and toured  the encampments. The tour, which was arranged after ABC7 contacted the councilman, took place one day after Cedillo won reelection in a runoff in which he was criticized by some for ... Read More »

Echo Park Lake fountain fixed

ECHO PARK ––  After suffering from “pump problems” for several months, the fountain in the middle of Echo Park Lake is back to its old self, firing three jets of water high into the sky. Last December, The Eastsider reported that the fountain  had  been running only half as high as normal, with one the geysers resembling water gushing out ... Read More »

Boyle Heights weighs in on new park to be built under Sixth Street Bridge

BOYLE HEIGHTS -- There are three possible designs for a new park that will be constructed beneath the Sixth Street Bridge replacement and residents are being asked to choose which one they like the best. While all three concepts have differences in layout, park options like a soccer field, arts plaza, and gardens are included across the board. Read More »

The leaning snack stand of Elysian Park finally bites the dust

In the end, the leaning snack stand of Elysian Park didn’t tip over on it own. Instead, it took some heavy duty construction equipment to demolish and bring down the cinder block structure at the Northeast Los Angeles Little League field in Elysian Park. The demolition, which began earlier this month, comes after the city-owned building had been slowly sinking ... Read More »

City moves forward to take over Flat Top hill

City officials have approved taking ownership of more than 36 acres of undeveloped land on the border of Lincoln Heights and Montecito Heights and spending $225,000 to maintain the property as open space. City ownership of the property known as Flat Top will help resolve many of the complaints that arose after neighborhood activists were successful in blocking a proposed housing ... Read More »

Eagle Rock residents planning to revive Richard Neutra-designed rec center

EAGLE ROCK — The Eagle Rock Recreation Center, a 1950s-era clubhouse designed by legendary Modernist architect Richard Neutra, may finally be getting some long overdue attention and restoration, according to the L.A. Times. A pair of local residents who have been working on the problem for three years are now talking with the architect’s son, Dion Neutra, and are slowly ... Read More »

New pool to make a splash in Lincoln Heights

LINCOLN HEIGHTS - After being closed for several years, the public swimming pool at Lincoln Park is finally going to get a multi-million renovation that is expected to be completed next year. Officials are scheduled to gather today for a groundbreaking of the $10.5 million project. Read More »

Elysian Park’s problems mount as $12.5 million in funds go unused

Hundreds of trees are dead or dying across Elysian Park. The homeless live in countless encampments under shrubs and in deep ravines. Park goers complain of poorly maintained trails and trash. There's no shortage of problems that need fixing. But four years after a $12.5 million "enhancement fund" was established, the city still does not have a plan on how to spend that money for park improvements. Read More »

Pint-sized forest takes root in Elysian Park

ECHO PARK — Volunteers and city officials gathered in Elysian Park on Saturday morning to plant about 100 trees. It’s part of an effort to reforest the park, where hundreds of trees are dead and dying from drought and disease. However, it will be quite a while before the tiny trees – some only inches tall – will be big ... Read More »