Our First Sunset Campfire Of The Season!


That’s right, our Sunset Campfires are starting up again, with our first one of the summer happening on April 24th. In case you have never been to a Sunset Campfire at Los Angeles State Historic Park, you are in for quite a treat. Park staff roll out a portable fire pit, talk about the history of the park or maybe animals that live near by and at the end everyone roasts marshmallows over the campfire. Not only that but you get to watch the sun set behind the a dramatic downtown skyline. Best of all, it is free and makes for a fun evening event for the whole family! The first Sunset Campfire is happening on April 24th at 6:30pm and will taking place in the center of the park right by the parking lot. They only thing your family needs to bring is a blanket.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Thomas at (three two three) 441-8819

Rock The Count


Tomorrow, Los Angeles State Historic Park is hosting, Rock The Count: American Indian Music Festival. From there flyer, “Come enjoy a day of culture, food and entertainment featuring contemporary and traditional performances by American Indian artists and musicians! “Rock the Count” reminds us of the importance of the 2010 Census and making sure everyone is counted.”

The event runs from 12:00pm to 5:00pm, is open and free to public, and is happening here at Los Angeles State Historic Park. Check out their website here.

♫ Where Have All The Flowers Gone ♪

Where are the African Daisies?

Many of you who have passed by the northern edge of the park recently may have found yourself wondering, “where have all the flowers gone?” The reason why the sea of yellow and orange has been flooded with a layer of brown mulch is two fold. The first one being that we here at Los Angeles State Historic Park want to preserve the history of Los Angeles and an important facet of that is the horticultural history of L.A. That is why you will only find native plants growing within the boundaries of LASHP (aside from the plantings inside the anabolic monument, the circle at the north end of the park). Not surprisingly, African Daises are not native to Southern California and the decision was made to remove them.

So what are we going to plant in their place? Come April 17th, thanks to a generous grant from the California State Parks Foundation, Northeast Trees (a local non-profit) along with dozens of volunteers will be planting 150 trees around the north end of the park. We’ve brought in truck loads of mulch to create a more hospitable environment for soon-to-be new neighbors. The Earth Day is open to the public and planting will begin around 10:00am for all those who may interested. It may be a bit of an eyesore at the moment, but come mid-April, we might actually have some shade and the foundation of a new native plant garden at the northern edge of the park.

Fresh load of mulch getting dropped off

Decom Wrap up

In case you missed it, here are some photographs from the L.A. Decompression Festival that happened October 3rd. It was a great success; demonstrated by the fact that sad-eyed burners were no where to be found. This is the second year that L.A. State Historic Park has hosted Decom and we hope they come back next year.

What large paws you have.
What large paws you have.

Black Rock Roller Disco
Black Rock Roller Disco

Playing with fire.
Playing with fire.

Happy Campers

Saturday’s sunset campfire was a smashing success thanks to a great turnout of kids from the neighborhood. Our rangers and interpreters along with special guest stars courtesy of Wildworks put on a great show about local wildlife and the layers of history at LASHP. The kids from Chinatown Service Center and Solano Avenue School were all smiles – the campfire program and marshmallow roast being a first for many of the children. Topping off the evening, what could beat S’mores!

Captive Audience
Captive Audience
Red-tailed hawk - Buteo jamaicensis
Red-tailed hawk - Buteo jamaicensis
Barn Owl - Tyto alba
Barn Owl - Tyto alba
Red fox -  Vulpes vulpes
Red fox - Vulpes vulpes
The roast
The roast
S'more please
S'more please
Urban Rangers
Urban Rangers

Things are gearing up for the Sunset Campfire

That's a 180 marshmallows!
That's 180 marshmallows!

Well in case you haven’t heard the news, we are quite excited about the Sunset Campfire happening here at L.A. State Historic Park this weekend. We are anticipating a large crowd to come out and see all that we have to offer; including a puupet show, a marshmallow roast, and real native animals presented by Wildworks. All that in front of a real campfire. If you have any questions call Thomas at (323) 441 – eight eight one nine

FYF Fest – Save Our State Parks!

Tales of Madame Wong
Tales of Madame Wong

Yes, the highly anticipated Ffy Fest has come and gone. And from the looks of the park on Sunday, someone certainly had a good time. We had great fun with our State Parks booth showcasing the saga of Madame Wong’s vs. the Hong Kong Cafe and the ensuing Chinatown “Punk Rock Wars” that is the stuff of Los Angeles punk rock legend and lore. Our little exhibit was well-received by the younger folks to whom the story was new, and by those oldsters who’ve been around long enough to remember that punk rock and indie music have a significant and interesting history in L.A.’s Chinatown and environs. Another hit was the California State Parks Foundation, with their Save Our State Parks booth, in partnership with the festival to raise awareness regarding the dire situation and imminent closures facing many of our State Parks due to budget cuts.

Showing the love!
Showing the love!
More love for State Parks
More love for State Parks

Best of all, were the bunches of new, young visitors who were thrilled not only to hang out and enjoy their favorite bands, but also to discover Los Angeles State Historic Park!

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Check out the LA times blog for a review of the festival! Unlike some of us, they managed to stay for the after dark excitement.

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Busy Week at LASHP

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This past week has been full of activity between preparations for the FYF Fest and a Congressional send off rally in support of health care reform by Organizing for America and Health Access Foundation California that brought hundreds of supporters, and a few protesters, to the park on Thursday. After a week of 100 degree plus temperatures and blankets of smoke from the Station Fire, the weather turned perfect for this event offering a surprisingly cool and pleasant evening. Whatever side of the debate you may be on, I think we can all agree that it’s great to see a peaceful gathering with more than enough room for differing points of view.

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*No fingers were harmed at this event

FYF Fest is gearing up!

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stage set up

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another stage set up

And, yes, that is the Angeles National Forest in the background, going up in flames.

SAVE OUR STATE PARKS Is Coming!

On September 5th, come on down to L.A. State Historic Park and check out what is shaping up to be an awesome event, FYF FEST presents SAVE OUR STATE PARKS. It is the sixth year of the festival but the first time it has been held at Los Angeles State Historic Park, and we are happy to house them. With well over 20 up and coming and established acts, there is sure to be something for everybody; from Providence’s own, Lighting Bolt to local bands, No Age and Mika Miko. Also appearing at the event will be comedians Tim and Eric as well as booths galore. And of course State Parks will have tent showcasing the history of the punk scene in Chinatown in the late 70s/ early 80s. So come by and say hi.

If you are unsure of whether or not you are interested, here are myspaces of bands that I am most excited for.*
Black Lips
Lightning Bolt
Mika Miko
No Age
Dan Deacon
Glass Candy

All this for only $20!

FYF Fest Line up
FYF Fest Line up

*CA State Parks and Los Angeles State Historic Park are not responsible for the content found on linked pages.

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