New Weather Station Widget!

If you look to your right, you can see our new weather station widget! The weather station is mounted on top of our office building here at the north end of Los Angeles State Historic Park, and it updates every minute. Now you no longer have to wonder exactly how fast the wind is blowing here at LASHP.

♫ 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

All it takes is a little rain…

Well now that we are a week out from our most recent rain storm, L.A. State Historic Park has responded graciously. There is a fine carpet of green blanketing the 22 undeveloped acres of the park and we can only hope that we see the sea of colors spring time brings, this coming spring, here in the park. For now, we just have to hope that we get more rain and the green shoots continue to forge ahead.
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FAQ: How long is the track at LASHP?

How far is it?
How far is it?

One of the most frequently asked questions we get here at the park is “how long is the track?” Well, the answer is 1.1 miles following the line on the image. To get a closer look at the google map click here.

Have a burning question about L.A. State Historic Park, email Thomas at tcarroll@parks.ca.gov and ask.

We Love Urban Campfires!

No, not the gritty kind one finds under bridges and behind dumpsters, but the California State Parks variety with city skyline, marshmallows, and power point. LASHP began the Sunset Campfire program in November of 2008 as the culmination of previous year’s “Virtual Campfire” program. The Virtual Campfire program brought State Parks and its award winning Interpretive Team to the most urban of settings, elementary schools in and around Los Angeles. Now, the kids are coming to us as the Campfire really heats up against the backdrop of downtown Los Angeles.

Old-fashioned fun
Old-fashioned fun

This past Saturday, Park Interpretive Specialist, Thomas Carroll, really wowed the crowd with some games, songs, and a presentation on the railroad history of early Los Angeles and LASHP in its original incarnation as the Southern Pacific River Station. As, if that weren’t enough, Thomas followed it all up with a sunset marshmallow roast! Attendance at our campfires has been slowly growing and the next Campfire on September 19th promises to be the biggest and best of all.

Everybody say power point!
Everybody say power point!
Now for a little railroad history
Now for a little railroad history
Big finish - marshmallows for everyone!
Big finish - marshmallows for everyone!

Bug City!

Well the corn Farmlab planted a few months ago has been teeming with insect life for quite a while now. On my most recent adventure through the tall stalks of corn, I brought my trusty camera and captured the bugs in action! Here are the results of my endeavors.

Lady bug soakin' rays
Lady bug soakin' rays

Green Fig Beetle
Green Fig Beetle
Honey Bee
Honey Bee
Another Lady Bug!
Another Lady Bug!

Our Newest Residents…Chickens!

The Mobile Chicken Coop
The Mobile Chicken Coop

Joining their four-legged friends in the goat pen, chickens have arrived to continue the process of eating and fertilizing LASHP. Their pen is mobile and will be shifted every few days to give them new feed and allow them to “give back” to a new area. So come check them out, they won’t be here for long.
Chickens.
Chickens.

Ramon with a gift from a hen.
Ramon with a gift from a hen.

Director of CA State Parks visits LASHP

Lauren Bon and Director Ruth Coleman
Lauren Bon and Director Ruth Coleman

Director Ruth Coleman visited Los Angeles State Historic Park today to see the beautiful wildflowers and to chat with Lauren Bon, the artist behind the Not a Cornfield project that took place here back in 2005. Looks like she is enjoying the change of scenery!

Looking up toward North Broadway
Looking up toward North Broadway
Purple Owl's Clover
Purple Owl's Clover
A Breezy Afternoon
A Breezy Afternoon

Seasonal Wetland

If you look here and here for a peek at the proposed design for Los Angeles State Historic Park you’ll find that a riparian wetland habitat is envisioned at the Northern end of the park. We hope to create this wetland with water from the Los Angeles River and someday make a physical connection to the river itself. This is no small job and the LASHP team is currently working in partnership with City Council District 1, Planning Department and Bureau of Engineering along with the Army Corps of Engineers, the MTA, and Los Angeles DWP to orchestrate this complex task.

In the meantime, enjoy our seasonal wetland compliments of mother nature…

Seasonal pond and skyline
Seasonal pond and skyline

Downtown Weather

Today rain, tomorrow wildflowers

Rain in the park
Rain in the park
Arroyo Lupine
Arroyo Lupine

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