Work officially starts today on 18 acres of new green space in Elysian Heights, reports The Eastsider LA. The green space, off of Riverside Drive and a stone's throw from the northern edge of Elysian Park, was slated for a warehouse district 20 years ago but that was fought off by locals--money was eventually raised for the city to buy the space, as well as to pay for construction on the two-phase project. The five acre Phase I will include game courts, a 1.3 acre sports field, picnic areas, a nature "interpretive area and an outdoor classroom," and scenic viewpoint improvements, while Phase II includes a 2,500 square foot community building and a trail system. Work on each phase should last about a year each. Eastsider LA reports that the usual complaints have sprung up (not enough parking! the traffic!), but apparently not loudly enough to hinder today's groundbreaking.
· Elysian Heights Residents Celebrate New Parkland [The Eastsider LA]