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.

Marian Harlow Garden, Elysian Park

Marian Harlow Grove community cleanup

Saturday, May 4 at 9am

The renovation of the Marian Harlow Grove is being done by the Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park with the cooperation of RAP.

Our committee has teamed up with RAP to restore the Victory Memorial Grove as well as to expand the park’s existing Disc Golf Course to 18 holes, plus added a new course on Buena Vista Hill.

Check-in is at 9:00 am. The Grove is located at the top of the hill by the DWP Water tower and Horse Corral off Park Drive and Avon Terrace.


Marian Harlow Garden, Elysian Park

Banquet scene at Grace E. Simons Lodge

56th Annual CCSEP Banquet

The Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park (CCSEP) is hosting its 56th Annual Banquet at 5:00 pm on Sunday, June 2, 2019 on the lawn at Grace E. Simons Lodge.

Purchase online

Schedule (check back for updates!):

  • 5:00 pm: Appetizers + Cocktails + Music on the “Green”
  • 6:30 pm: Dinner served outdoors on the “Green”
  • 7:30 pm: Dessert + Coffee

There will be a silent auction with a variety of community donated items.


  • Adults $45
  • Youth (5-12 yrs) $15
  • Toddlers are free!

Purchase online or send a check by mail. Make checks out to CCSEP  and mail to:

Attn: Dan Reza
1832 Bouett St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

2018 Echo Park Community Parade

Join us to celebrate the holiday season at the 51st Annual Echo Park Community Parade!

Saturday, December 8 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Sunset Boulevard from Vin Scully Ave to Park Ave

More info

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

CCSEP 2018 Memorial Tree Planting

CCSEP 2018 Memorial Tree Planting

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.


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!


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

Peter Lassen Memorial

Peter Lassen (1939-2018)
In memory of our friend, Peter Lassen who passed away in his sleep on August 8, 2018.
“Pete” was a caring person, and a dedicated community and environmental activist. Beginning in 1993, he was a member of the Steering Committee of the Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park.
He will be missed by all who knew him.
Memorial Service
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
5:00-8:00 pm
Grace E. Simons Lodge, Elysian Park
Potluck dinner. Please bring a tasty dish to share. Beverages will be provided.
For more information, please contact Matt Chessé: vivachesseuk@gmail.com

WWI Flag Restoration Ceremony

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.

Thursday, June 14


1307 Elysian Park Drive