Expanded Marsh Park Opens in Elysian Valley

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August 13, 2014 - One of Elysian Valley's L.A. River-adjacent gems, Marsh Park, just got better with a three-acre expansion west. "This new park is a great change from being an auto storage yard," said Rorie Skei, Chief Deputy Director at Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC), a state agency that partners with Mountain Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) to help preserve open space and wildlife habitat. Opening to the public this Saturday, August 16, the expanded park now includes tree-lined paths and a free play meadow sandwiched in the midst of garages and homes of Elysian Valley. Landscaped by Meléndrez, the park replaces a big dirt lot with two structures -- a 14,300 square-foot metal warehouse and a 3,000-square foot wood and stucco building -- giving the community more natural amenities near the Los Angeles River. "We had to remove the smaller buildings to open up the river views," says Skei.

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