Cliff Swallows at LASHP!

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March for Water 2009

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Come to Los Angeles State Historic Park on Sunday, March 22 at 9:00am to march for water conservation and water awareness. From MarchforAwareness.com

This march seeks to help bring attention to the present water crisis taking place all over the world, our nation, the state and the City of Los Angeles. We believe that the current “crisis status” stems from the poor management of this resource at all levels.

We chose March 22nd so our march would coincide with World Water Day. Through this march we take on the commitment to bring people together on this most important topic and resource. While bringing awareness to local issues relating to water, we also have an opportunity to bring attention to world water issues impacting fellow humans around the world.

Only about 2.5 percent of the Earth’s water is fresh and suitable for drinking. Climate change, pollution, and the unsustainable use of water are depleting this limited supply. In Peru, nearly all drinking water comes from glaciers that are melting fast and may be completely gone by 2015. Across Africa, all 667 major lakes are drying up. Lake Chad, once the third-largest lake in Africa, has shrunk by 90 percent.

The march is from LASHP to Rio de Los Angeles State Park (roughly 3 miles), so wear good walking shoes, bring money for food and your own reusable water bottle. Click here for more infomation

Wildflower Update 2/26/09

Here at Los Angeles State Historic Park, the months leading up to spring is a time of color and life. We are just starting to see the rainbow of colors from our state flower the California Poppy, to the delicate white petals of the Desert Tidy Tip. Make sure you stop by soon to see all that the park has to offer.

First bloom of Red Bud
First bloom of Red Bud

Our state flower, the California Poppy with Arryo Lupine
Our state flower, the California Poppy with Arryo Lupine

The delicate Desert Tidy Tip
The delicate Desert Tidy Tip

Sunsets

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Campfire Tomorrow

Campfire on Feb.20th at 5:30pm
Campfire on Feb.20th at 5:30pm

Come on down to Los Angeles State Historic Park for our third Sunset Campfire, tomorrow at 5:30pm. We will be sitting around a campfire, singing songs, learning about the variety of state parks in and around the Los Angeles area, and roasting marshmallows. It is free of charge and fun for the whole family. Meet in the center of the park at the historic round table at 5:30pm, Friday February 20th. Any questions call (323) 441-8819 or email tcarroll@parks.ca.gov

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

View from the top of the Watts Towers

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Take a look around atop the Watts Towers of Simon Rodia, California’s smallest state park, and like LASHP part of the Los Angeles Sector. Interested in visiting the park click here for more info

Weather Over The Weekend

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Puppy Love

The north end of the parkA terrific perk of being stationed at the LASHP modular, aside from a one-in-a-million view of the downtown skyline, is watching the daily parade of canines that loop past our front window. Particular favorites – two Weimaraner pups that take a morning jog with their person, and no less than six enthusiastic tail-waggers handled in an amazingly orderly and well mannered fashion by their walker. The other afternoon, during a quick stroll through the marigolds, we met a grinning wire-haired fox terrier whom we were assured relishes his daily visits.

We love to see so many happy dogs and their people enjoying the park. And while we’re certain that your dog is always considerate and well behaved, others have been known to get carried away when allowed too much freedom by their people. Recently, we were notified by a concerned park user that endangered migratory birds Vesper and Savannah Sparrows were disturbed by dogs running off-leash through the north end of the park. While LASHP is designated as an historic park, protection of natural resources, for the enjoyment of visitors and a preservation of a healthy environment, is a primary concern of California State Parks. That is why you’ll often see our Rangers giving friendly warnings, and ticketing if necessary, to enforce the leash policy at the park.

To ensure the vitality of park habitat, your safety, your pet’s safety and that of fellow park patrons, please remember to keep your dogs on leash – and when passing the LASHP office be sure to wave hello to our Rangers and park staff!

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