Sunday, June 1, 2014

Red Car Property: City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell Joins The Big Parade LA, TPL, Strongly Supports Our Community's Park Effort

Photo: Diane Edwardson, June 1, 2014.  Once again, 140 urban hikers took the Red Car Property on the Silver Lake Loop of the Big Parade LA's 2-day, 35-mile, 80 public staircase hike from Downtown to the Griffith Observatory. (Click on photos to enlarge.) 
The Big Parade stopped briefly in the shade of Red Car Canyon where City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell expressed his commitment to our Silver Lake neighborhood, in supporting our goal of preserving the Red Car Property as a public open space park.  He is pleased to support the Trust for Public Land's potential acquisition.  He acknowledged Diane Edwardson's vision & leadership in getting us closer to the goal. 

O'Farrell also applauded Dan Koeppel, founder & leader of Big Parade LA.  Through his urban trail blazing, Koeppel created a series of trail loops making it possible to connect people in disconnected communities, with parks, recreational facilities and even public transportation all on foot.  We do walk in Los Angeles.  

O'Farrell also reiterated his commitment to the preserving the public staircases in the district.  Los Angeles, particularly Silver Lake & Echo Park, has more public staircases than any other big city.  They are a part of our history and are still a vital and viable means of getting around the community.    

Paolo Perrone of the Trust for Public Land spoke of the role TPL plays in land acquisition to preserve the Red Car Property as permanent public open space.  TPL has the property under exclusive option with a current property owner, a willing seller, while TPL gets a fair market value appraisal, the first step toward potential acquisition.

Diane Edwardson did the usual history of when-the-Red-Car-Trolleys-ran-through-the neighborhood-the-property-looked-dramatically-different-talk.  We are proud to support and be apart of the Big Parade LA since its inception 6 years ago.  And we all walked the Red Car Property together.

The Big Parade LA is still on the trail toward Griffith Park, Sunday.  Follow along, or see what you missed on Twitter.