With Los Angeles State Historic Park closed for construction, park staff has been spending a lot of time visiting neighboring parks and participating in off-site programs and events. One of the most exciting recently was the grand opening of Marsh Park’s 6 acre extension. The opening of Phase-2 was inspirational as we wait for the completion of LASHP and look forward to our own grand opening next summer. The event drew community members, partner agencies, and elected officials including Senator Kevin De Leon, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, and California State Assembly member Jimmy Gomez in celebration of the new park and ongoing Los Angeles River revitalization efforts.
The following week, the Mountains and Recreation Conservation Authority (MRCA), who manage Marsh Park, offered a screening of Ken Burns’ short documentary, “Yosemite: Gathering of the Spirit.” The film commemorates 150 years of California State Parks, beginning with the preservation of Yosemite, originally as a State Park, in 1864. MRCA Naturalist Andy Bleckinger and National Park Service Ranger Anthony Bevilacqua welcomed State Parks’ participation and MRCA’s Junior Rangers shared their recent first-hand experiences visiting Yosemite National Park.