Opening day at Madison Avenue Park and Community Garden

Urban farmers off all ages are welcome to East Hollywood's newest playground and community garden. Just look for the big red tractor.

East Hollywood - After years of planning, design efforts and delays, Madison Avenue Park and Community Garden opened to the public Saturday in a neighborhood where parks are scarce.

In the front of the formerly vacant lot is a pocket park, and in back is the fourth largest garden overseen by the L.A. Community Garden Council.

The park, which was a project by the Trust for Public Land, had initially been expected to open two years ago. But joining two parcels of land into one property took longer than expected, as did dealing with zoning and construction issues.

Residents can also now apply to lease one of the 31 plots in the garden area. Plot applications must be picked up and submitted on site at the East Hollywood Community Garden - 1177 N. Madison Ave. The deadline is July 13, 3 p.m. If more than 31 applications arrive before then, lessors will be chosen by lottery.

No online applications will be accepted.

E. Hollywood Community Garden opening with seedlings

Cyndi Hubach, Secretary of the L.A. Community Garden Council, with seedlings ready for planting.

Madison Avenue Park opening day basketball

Ivan Gonzalez, who lives right next door to the park. Will he and his son be coming here a lot? "That's fair to say," he said. "Very regularly."

E. Hollywood Community Garden opening planting pumpkins

Julie Beals, executive director of the L.A. Community Garden Council, shows her daughter how to plant pumpkins.

Madison Avenue Park ribbon cutting

City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, 13th District, cuts the ribbon to open Madison Avenue Park. The vacant lot that used to be on that site "served as a testament to wasted potential," before the park and garden came in, O'Farrell said.

Madison Park opening basketball hoop
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