Monday, May 4, 2015

Red Car Property: Big Parade 7

Photo: Diane Edwardson, May 3, 2015.  For the 7th year, around 100 people braved the high heat and humidity on The Big Parade LA and took a walk on the Red Car Property as part of the 2 day, 32 mile, 80+ public staircase, epic urban hike.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)

The group took a brief refuge from the glaring sun in the peaceful shade of Red Car Canyon.  There Dan Koeppel introduced the Red Car Property as being on the Big Parade every year since 2009.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, May 3, 2015.  Paolo Perrone of Trust for Public Land (TPL) talked of TPL's involvement, working to aquire the property as permanent public park space.

I (Diane Edwardson) talked about the history of the Red Car Trolleys going from Downtown to Glendale via the Red Car Property.  I also pointed out the neighborhood's 1995 success; winning at the Citywide Planning Commission, against a zone change on a portion of the property.
Photo: Diane Edwardson, May 3, 2015.  It was great to see so many familiar faces in the Big Parade and catch up several on on our walk up to the historic landmark viaduct footings.  

Big Parade LA, led by Dan Koeppel, is a terrific feat of organization: 2 days, 32 miles and more than 80 public staircases grouped in reasonable trail loops that start and stop near public transportation, is a true labor of love for Koeppel. 

Koeppel's collaborator Bob Inman, grew up on Waverly, creator of the Inman 300 author of Finding Los Angeles By Foot, was also on the hike and signed my copy of his book. The Red Car Property is a part of the Inman 300, the world's first urban through-hike. Inman they ex