The facade of the building at 1501 W Sunset Boulevard has not been seen in quite some time now – until this weekend. The huge ficus tree covering the front of these buildings was cut down over the weekend, leaving nothing but a pile of sawdust behind.
The ficus was removed as part of the Sunset Boulevard beautification project, as well as the overall need to repair sidewalks. Approximately three dozen trees will be removed along the Echo Park corridor, but will also be replaced by 100.
The Easter holiday is upon us, and there are some great family friendly activities happening around Echo Park. Although Sunday, April 20 is the official holiday itself, events start this weekend.
The Spring Egg Hunt takes place this Saturday, April 12 from 2-5:00 pm at the Echo Park Recreation Center playground (1632 Bellevue Avenue).
Egg Hunt start times are:
5 years & under: 3:00 pm
6-8 years: 3:30 pm
9 years & older: 4:00 pm
Activities include arts and crafts, face painting, music, egg hunts and a visit from The Spring Bunny (all are free).
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
The healthiest egg hunt in town! The annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Echo Park Farmers’ Market takes place on Friday, April 18 starting at 4:00 pm.
The craft table will be set up for Easter arts and crafts, and the Easter Bunny will be on hand to take photos (bring your cameras!).
Toddlers ages five and under will start at 5:00 pm, ages six and over at 6:00 pm.
Although not technically an Easter event, the Festival of Childhood on April 26 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm is a great spring event for families.
The annual event, hosted by Echo Parenting & Education, is a free outdoor community day of play and creativity for families from all over Los Angeles. There will be a rock climbing wall, face painting, crafts, story time, street painting, children’s dance groups and live musical performances. Reservoir street closure begins at the Echo Park Methodist Church, where the event is taking place.
Get involved, vote informed! Neighborhood Council elections for the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council (GEPENC) takes place on Saturday, April 12, 2014. The Echo Park Improvement Association is hosting a candidate forum on Thursday, April 3 where all those running for a position have been invited to introduce themselves.
When to vote: Elections are Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Edendale Branch Library (2011 West Sunset Boulevard).
How to vote: Bring TWO copies of documentation, such as a drivers license and a utility bill. For the full list of acceptable forms of documentation, click here. For more information on the elections, click here.
To view a list of current candidates, click here.
All are welcome! Bring yourself, your neighbors, your input, and join us at Barlow Hospital, located at 2000 Stadium Way, in Williams Hall.
As part of a series of community events and cleanups, Angel City Brewery is organizing a cleanup in Echo Park this weekend on Saturday, February 8.
The cleanup area will focus on Sunset Boulevard and adjacent streets in the area around the Short Stop (toward the eastish end of Echo Park).
Want to help out? Meet at 1:00 pm at Sunset Beer Company to pick up trash bags, gloves, trash grabbers, and a volunteer t-shirt. Angel City staff members will also be providing Trash BINGO boards for you to mark off what you find on the streets – the winner gets an Angel City gift certificate and goodies.
The cleanup will go until 2:30 pm, at which time we’ll end up at the Short Stop for some post cleanup up beer and snacks.
Email Emily at Emily@angelcitybrewery.com to register, and let her know your t-shirt size.
See you Saturday!
Get your snow gear ready – winter is coming to Echo Park!
Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell is bringing Winter Wonderland to the Echo Park Farmers’ Market TOMORROW, Friday, December 20 from 3:00-5:00 pm. Free snow play area for the kids – and for the kid in you!
Sunset Boulevard along Echo Park is getting a makeover. As part of the $750,000 grant for the Echo Park Beautification Project, Sunset Boulevard from Rosemont Street to Everett Street will get some well-deserved attention when it comes to some much-needed sidewalk repairs, and more, including (but not limited to):
For some, that “beautification” comes with a price – removal of the leafy green ficus trees that provide shade for the sidewalks along the main drag. So why remove the trees? The sidewalks.
Some of the larger trees that are being removed, the ficus in particular, are causing sidewalks to buckle and crack, making it difficult for pedestrian (especially handicap) use. Which is why two ficus trees on Echo Park Avenue were removed in March 2013 – which noone knew about (not even Council District 13) until it was done.
The board of public works is holding a public hearing on the removal of 35 trees along 1300 to 2100 West Sunset Boulevard (that’s from Alvarado to Elysian Park Drive) as part of this beautification grant. The hearing takes place tomorrow, on Wednesday, December 18 at 9:30 am (see below location). There are other items on the agenda, so we’re not sure exactly what time the Echo Park issue will be address.
To replace the 35 trees removed (there are various species, including ficus), the city will place 38 Chinese Pistache and 75 Australian Willow trees.
The Echo Park Improvement Association website has two documents available that both outline the locations of each tree removal and replacement – the color version (a small portion of which is shown above) is a version dated from April 2013, but the latest version should be the most reliable in terms of final construction plans.
Hearing on Echo Park tree removals
Wednesday, December 18 at 9:30 am
City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works Public Hearing Room
200 N. Spring Street in room 350
Los Angeles, CA 90012