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Sycamore Grove Park in Highland Park

Feb 23, 2011 by Lisa Newton

If you ever drive northeast out of downtown Los Angeles via Figueroa Street be sure to stop by Sycamore Grove Park.

Located at 4702 North Figueroa Street, the park is a friendly neighborhood hangout for families who want to host a barbecue, or individuals who want to get in shape.

In fact, when I was there, several people were using the Fitness Zone equipment there. In my humble opinion, exercising outdoors is one of the best things about Los Angeles.

Although we’ve recently had a little bit of rain, our mostly sunny days make getting in shape via outdoor activity much easier and fun.

Sycamore Grove is one of the oldest parks in the city being so officially designated by the City of Los Angeles in 1905.

One of the highlights of this park is the Sousa-Hiner Band Shell, named in honor of “The Stars and Stripes Forever” composer and founder of UCLA’s music department. At the dedication ceremony in 2006, Councilmember Ed P. Reyes said:

Through their passion for music and dedication to sharing their gifts with others, Dr. Hiner and Sousa created a focal point for the great talent we have in the community. For this reason, we dedicate the band shell at Sycamore Grove Park in their honor.

Another cool feature of this park is its walking bridge which passes over the 110, providing access to a much larger park, the Ernest E. Debs Regional Park.

Tomorrow, I’ll share more more about fascinating details of what you can see from this little bridge.

Sycamore Grove Park also has a small playground, tennis courts, and a walking trail that surrounds the park, making it a perfect place for families,.

Indeed, during my short visit, I saw several people working out and obtaining their morning exercises for their health, wealth, and joy.

Travelin’ Local will be sharing with you stories about the various area around Sycamore Grove Park. It’s full of local history, architecture, and also a really cool mural–all which is within a short walk from the park.

Although parkland in Los Angeles County isn’t as prevalent as we might like or want, the parks we do have provide the unique ability for us to enjoy fun in the sun and to be grateful for what we do have and need.

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