Trailhead Parks and Trails to Reopen with Safety Precautions May 9

On Friday, May 8, Los Angeles enters Stage II of the coronavirus crisis response, allowing some retail establishments to offer curbside pick-up only. In addition, trails, trailhead parks and golf courses (including Elysian Park trails) will reopen Saturday, May 9.

Even as parks reopen, visitors will need to adhere to social distancing and wear face coverings while in public. These necessary safety precautions prevent a surge of infections as we return to public spaces. According to the Safer LA website, “Everyone should continue to limit travel and non-essential activities and stay home as much as possible.”

This staged approached allows for fewer restrictions over a long period of time. Key milestones much be reached before the City moves to the next stage.

For more information and updates, please visit the Safer LA website or the California Coronavirus Response page.

May CCSEP Meeting to be held online this Wednesday 5/6 @ 6pm

Join us for the May meeting of the Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park!

Date: Wednesday, May 6

Time: 6:00-8:00pm

Location: RSVP to for a link to our online meeting

April CCSEP Meeting to be held online 4/8 @ 6pm

That’s right, you heard it here first!

The April CCSEP meeting is scheduled for next Wednesday, April 8, beginning at 6pm via video conference on Zoom.

You can join here or use one of the call-in numbers below:

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All Public Trailheads and Trails in Los Angeles CLOSED Until Further Notice

In accordance with Mayor Garcetti’s Safer at Home directives, the Los Angeles Department of
Recreation and Parks stated on March 28, 2020, that all public hiking trails and trailheads in the City of
Los Angeles will be closed to the public until further notice. This is a necessary step in preventing the
spread of the COVID-19 and keeping our community safe.

During this time, please refrain from visiting Elysian Park and continue practicing social distancing. Click here for updates and information on closures.

Thank you for understanding!

CCSEP Update During COVID-19

As the situation surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) evolves, we at CCSEP wanted to provide the following updates and information:

  • The CCSEP monthly meeting scheduled for April 1, 2020 will be cancelled, and programming for park events is currently suspended until further notice.
  • Please visit City of LA Recreation and Parks website for information regarding park facilities and operations. When enjoying Elysian Park, please remember to practice social distancing at a minimum of 6 feet.
  • Please visit LA County Public Health website for information and guidance on COVID-19

Planting native plants

Test plot planting – Volunteer opportunity

Group planting native plants


Sunday, February 2nd
9 am – 12 pm
Marian Harlow Grove

Start your Super Bowl Sunday with your hands in the dirt, tending to native plants! Bring a hat, sunscreen, water, gardening gloves and any tools you might have for weeding. If you don’t have these items, no worries, we will have a few extras!

We will be planting, weeding, and watering the four native “Test Plots” located at Marian Harlow Grove. Test Plot is a collaboration between Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park, Terremoto, and Saturate.

Email to RSVP. See you there!

Entrance to Marian Harlow Grove

Map of Marian Harlow Grove location

5 people with gardening tools planting trees

Tree Planting in Elysian Park: January 19, 2020

Sunday, January 19 from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm

CCSEP Tree Planting 2018

Veteran’s Day Memorial Tree Planting 2019

Monday, November 11, 2019 at 9:00 am

Elysian Park cleanup day

Sunday, August 25

Join us for a cleanup of Elysian Park!

Meet at 929 Academy Road

Cleanup of:

  • Viewpoint – Cypress Overlook and along Grandview Point Road
  • Grandview Point – and along the Grandview Park road
  • Bishop Canyon – Heliport
  • Angel’s Point and along trail and road
Bring a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water! Refreshments will be provided.

Sponsored by the Office of Councilmember Gil Cedillo of Council District 1, the Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park and the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.


Elysian Park Cleanup Flyer

Flyer for Flag Day event

Victory Memorial Grove Centennial Celebration

Friday, June 14 at 10:30 am

1342 Elysian Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Flyer for Flag Day eventJoin LA City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, the California WWI Centennial Task Force, Los Angeles – Eschscholtzia Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, Hollywood Post 43 of the American Legion, the Department of Recreation and Parks, the Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park and others as we commemorate one hundred years of a Victory Memorial Grove in Elysian Park.

The history of VMG gets its start in May of 1919 when the LA Herald convinced the Parks Department to set aside a space for people to plant trees for loved ones after The Great War. On June 14th, 1921 DAR placed a monument in the Grove. Memorial trees to the fallen were planted for years after the current space was dedicated in August of 1920, the first site being abandoned on account of access issues.

Over time this lovingly maintained park-within-a-park and monument had fallen into disrepair. However, in recent years an effort was initiated to reclaim it. Over the past 2.5 years new trees & plants have been sewn, the DAR monument was refurbished, and the historic flagpole was restored. Recently there has also been funding approved to fix the walkways.

The ceremony will try and paint the history of how Victory Memorial Grove was established and recognize groups that have helped in the ongoing reclamation of the park.