Elysian Park is a hilly middle-class neighborhood of Los Angeles about two miles north of the Civic Center district. It was founded in 1886 and has been shrinking in size ever since. A chunk of the district was taken to build the Pasadena Freeway and another chunk to build a training facility for the LAPD. Then in the 1960s, Dodger Stadium was constructed to host baseball games.
The neighborhood is centered around the park of the same name, which is the second largest in LA with a size of 600 acres. It is also LA’s oldest park, established in 1886. The park is celebrated for its avocado trees, from which residents regularly loot.
Dickey, Jeff. Los Angeles, 3rd Edition. Rough Guides, 2003. ISBN: 1843530589.
“Elysian Park, Los Angeles, California.” < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elysian_Park%2C_Los_Angeles%2C_California>
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