We’ll be in the parade spreading the word about CCSEP. We’ll certainly be missing our dear friend, Peter Lassen, this year.
Our “float” at the 2017 parade | Photo by Martin Cox
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a restoration, reforestation, and memorial project
PLANT A TREE in Elysian Park in memory of a loved one, to celebrate an event, or to support the environment. Always a moving ceremony.
This year’s tree planting is dedicated to RESTORING the historical Elysian Park WWI Memorial Grove, REMEMBERING and honoring veterans and loved ones, REFORESTING Elysian Park.
DATE: Sunday, November 11, 2018 – Armistice Day, 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I
TIME: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
SPEAKER: Courtland Jindra, California World War I Centennial Task Force Co-Director and amateur historian. After the speaker, those planting a tree will be invited to share their thoughts.
LOCATION: Victory Memorial Grove, Elysian Park Drive, LA 90026; parking along Elysian Park Drive
POTLUCK LUNCH at the conclusion of the ceremony. Please bring a dish to share; drinks will be provided.
HOW TO RESERVE A TREE
Holly Oak, Elysian Park WWI Monument
Reserve early. Availability is limited and not all requests can be honored.
TREE SPECIES: Holly Oak (Quercus ilex) pictured
COST: $225 – SOLD OUT!
TO RESERVE: SOLD OUT!
Note: Trees planted in Elysian Park are subject to unpredictable environmental conditions, vandalism and theft, and cannot be guaranteed.
SPONSORED JOINTLY by CCSEP and LA Department of Recreation and Parks
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In celebration of Flag Day, and hosted by Council District 13 office of Mitch O’Farrell along with Courtland Jindra (who was instrumental in restoring the WW1 Memorial in the park last year). This year the restored flagpole is being unveiled near the monument to commemorate the veterans listed on the monument who died in WWI.
The Committee has lent their support to this event, and is also working with RAP to re-plant the Victory Memorial Garden, that is scheduled to take place this fall.
CCSEP is now meeting at the Echo Park Library on Temple Street, from 6 to 8pm the first Wednesday of every month. This move was occasioned by Barlow Hospital’s revocation of our traditional meeting space in Williams Hall. We’ll see you at the Library, and hey—check out a book while you are there!
On January 20, 2018, a group of about two dozen volunteers showed up to replant the area around the Victory Memorial Grove. The California World War One Centennial Task Force, the Hollywood Post 43 of the American :Legion, the Los Angeles-Eschscholtzia Daughters of the American Revolution, and Council District 13 were represented at the planting.
Representing CCSEP were our president Phillip Murphy, and Michael O’Brien. Among the plantings were the native White Sage and Tropical Milkweed, with groundcover plantings of Lantana. The Sage and the Milkweed attract butterflies, with the Milkweed especially attractive to the Monarch Butterfly. So not only is the Memorial beautified, but our native butterflies also are being provided food plants.
Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, 13th District
Phillip Murphy, CCSEP President
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TrashFreeEarth (TFE) continues to volunteer to clean up the Park! The Elysian Park Cleanup Project is working closely with the Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park and the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.
Due to the size of the Park and the amount of litter, volunteers focus on one section of the Park each month. TFE is dedicated not only to cleaning the park, but to educating visitors to help maintain the Park. Use hashtag #EPCleanupproject for all posts related to this project.
Join this great effort to clean up our Elysian Park!
What To Bring: Comfortable attire and closed-toed shoes (hiking or trail shoes) are recommended. TFE will provide all cleaning supplies.
What To Do: If you are interested in volunteering for any upcoming events, please register through TFE’s Eventbrite page and sign the electronic waiver before the event. Electronic waiver link
Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Volunteers under 13 years of age must come with an adult.
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Parking is either on the street or in the church parking garage.
Park in church garage using either Echo Park Ave entrance to Parking Level 1, or Laguna Ave entrance to Parking Level 2. Take only GREEN ELEVATOR to North Bldg.
ADA Accessibility from Garage: Use Echo Park Ave entrance and park in the handicap spot; then use ramp to elevator to Lobby. Exit elevator into Lobby on the main floor and go to Reception Desk to sign in.
It’s part of an effort to reforest the park, where hundreds of trees are dead or dying from drought and disease.
October 15th’s planting near Scott Avenue and Elysian Park Road was the first of three that will take place across the Park. 100 trees were planted, of which 97 are still alive. The following trees (1 gallon size) were planted: 15 Coast Live Oaks, 5 Desert Willows, 5 Chinese Pistache, 30 Brisbane Box, 30 Afghan Pines, and 30 Narrow-Leaved Eucalyptus. It will be quite a while before the tiny trees, some only inches tall, will be big enough to cast some meaningful shade. But even big trees start out small.
The saplings were planted in what are called Land Life Cocoons, which help support the tree and force the roots deeper into the ground to tap into ground water. The cocoon also includes a circular basin, covered by mulch, that stores and supplies water to the young trees. According to the manufacturer, the saplings won’t have to be irrigated during the first year after they have been planted.
“This major reforest project is a significant step toward strengthening the park’s biodiversity with the latest drought-resilient technology,” said Councilman Mitch O’Farrell in a statement.
The plantings, which are funded with grants from the National Arbor Foundation and Boise Paper, also involve several city agencies, including the Recreation and Parks Department and the L.A. Department of Water and Power.
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As always, this fun, sold-out event on June 5th, 2016 provided a chance to catch up with friends and neighbors on the patio, check out the music of Robert Berryman on the green, and chow down on a tasty buffet. Cool new CCSEP t-shirts were unveiled and offered to the public for the first time and the annual game of rate-your-favorite-raffle-prizes was played throughout the evening. Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell presented Sallie Neubauer with a commendation in recognition of her years of work defending the Park.
Text of the Commendation:
WHEREAS, Sallie Neubauer was introduced to grass roots activism by Grace Simons, co-founder of the Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park, who led the fight to defeat the proposed location of the Convention Center in Elysian Park, and against numerous attacks on the integrity of Elysian Park; and
WHEREAS, Sallie Neubauer has faithfully attended meetings at Recreation and Parks and City Hall, Grace Simons being her mentor in navigating the convolutions of our city departments’ policies and actions; and
WHEREAS, Sallie Neubauer has occupied several offices in the Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park with diligence; and
WHEREAS, Elysian Park would not be where it is today without Sallie Neubauer’s consistent effort and relentless advocacy for the Park;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that City Council of the City of Los Angeles commends Sallie Neubauer for her tireless support and advocacy throughout the decades for Elysian Park.
Craig Raines from Recreation and Parks presented the new plan for improvements in the Arboretum from Scott to Morton. For ADA accessibility, the decomposed granite pathway on the west side of Stadium Way will be extended to Scott, and a handicap curb cut will be installed on the northwest corner of Stadium Way (Morton) and Academy, along with a handicap parking space.
A new decorative concrete pathway will extend from the play structure to the restroom and Stadium Way on the west side of Stadium Way.
Midway along the path, a small excavation will be cut into the hill, held up by a small decorative wall, in order to intercept some of the runoff from the hill. It will be planted with Mexican Sycamores and Arbutus ‘Marina.’ Raines stated that Recreation and Parks was looking for more attractive picnic benches, rather than the current concrete ones.
You’ve all seen the purple pipe stacked up alongside Stadium Way. This represents the beginning of a new irrigation system in the park. The old system was falling apart and required constant maintenance. The new system will consume much less water and will utilize reclaimed water, taking its supplies from the new DWP recycled water line that will be built throughout the park and connect to a new tank above Bishop’s Canyon.
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On December 10, 2016 the Echo Park Community Parade made its way down Sunset Blvd. This year, for the first time, CCSEP was a “Bronze Sponsor” and had a “float” in the parade, spearheaded by Phillip Murphy, our new president of the CCSEP Foundation. Marion Siu was our float queen.
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