Last week we had the pleasure of welcoming Senator Kevin de Leon to the Los Angeles State Historic Park office and providing him with an update on the park development project at LASHP. Superintendent Sean Woods gave Senator de Leon a tour of the LASHP construction site and later Rio de Los Angeles State Park where they met with community members to talk about the future of State Parks in Los Angeles. And a big thank you Timm Herdt with the Ventura County Star for the great article about LA State Parks and the Senator’s visit.
While construction continues at Los Angeles State Historic Park, volunteers are hard at work at our State Park around the corner, Rio de Los Angeles. Park Champions is a volunteer program managed by California State Parks Foundation, State Parks’ greatest ally and non-profit advocate. On this warm Wednesday, Park Champions worked in partnership with our long term volunteer group Las Abuelas del Rio, pulling invasive plants to restore the native riperian habitat and beautify the park. Stay tuned for information on upcoming volunteer projects as we continue the slow but steady progress of habitat restoration at Rio. And, check back periodically for updates on the Los Angeles State Historic Park construction, also proceeding at a slow but steady pace this summer. We’re looking forward to a beautiful new park this time next year!
The park may be closed for construction, but we still have our little space under the Broadway Bridge, VIADUCT, open for business. This Saturday June 28th we are pleased to co-sponsor the LA River Revitalization Corps’ Bike-In Movie from 7:00 – 10:00 pm. The evening offerings will include an Urban Ag Workshop, Echo Park Film Center Shorts, a special appearance from Tom of Tom Explores Los Angeles, RiverWild food vendors, and a campfire. And to round out the evening of food and fun, the main feature Ratatouille!
Construction at LASHP is well underway. We are about 2 months in and all the rough grading has been completed. Happily, we were able to save some beautiful sycamore, poplar and alder trees on the Park’s northern end and our native plant garden on this side the monster construction fence is blooming and bustling with insects, lizards and birds. It’s hard to see the park closed, so close and yet so far with that fence blocking our path, but exciting too, knowing that in a year we’ll have 34 acres of park, trees, native plants, and all the wild things that come with them.
Los Angeles State Historic Park is excited to announce it has officially begun construction. Our fencing is going up, the first of many steps towards our new park!
The park has been a work in progress since the state acquired the land in 2001. Here is an article written by KCET with more info.
For more information and images of whats to come in the next year visit our departmental page here.
The state appreciates your patience during this phase of construction, we look forward to seeing you all in the park in 2015!
Los Angeles State Historic Park is in need of a Park Interpretive Specialist. Click the link to find out more and fill out an application if you are interested!
For additional information call (323) 441- 9183 and ask for Officer Apperson