CCSEP Tree Planting 2018

Victory Memorial Grove now included in the Historic American Landscapes Survey

CCSEP Tree Planting 2018

2018 Tree Planting
Photo by Michael O’brien

The Victory Memorial Grove in Elysian Park (where we held the CCSEP November 11, 2018 Memorial Tree Planting and Restoration Project) has been included in the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS # # CA-141-A)!

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Echo Park Parade 2018

Photos from the 2018 Echo Park Community Parade

CCSEP “VW Microbus Float” rolling down Sunset Blvd. in the Echo Park Community Parade yesterday, Saturday, December 8, 2018. It was a lot of fun; dancing to the music behind us; and the crowd was great!

John Cook, driver; in the back: Philip Murphy, Kathleen Murphy, Marilyn “Mimi” Downey, Pamela Burgess, and CCSEP mascot, Buck.

Courtland Jindra at the CCSEP Tree Planting 2018

Courtland Jindra address for the 2018 CCSEP Memorial Tree Planting

Sunday, November 11, 2018 11:00 a.m.
Armistice Day, 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I
Victory Memorial Grove, Elysian Park, Los Angeles

Courtland Jindra at the CCSEP Tree Planting 2018

Courtland Jindra
2018 Tree Planting
Photo by Michael O’brien

A tree planting dedicated to RESTORING the historical Elysian Park WWI Victory Memorial Grove, REMEMBERING and honoring veterans and loved ones, and REFORESTING Elysian Park

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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

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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:

New Meeting Location

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!

Victory Memorial Grove Beautification

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

Tree Planting in the Park

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.

Tree Planting in the Park

CityPlants are planting trees in Elysian Park!

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.