Earth Day 2017 Photo Gallery

We’re excited to share this photo gallery from the 2017 Earth Day Festival at Rio de Los Angeles State Park!

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Walnut Canyon Community Meeting – 7/29/17 @ 10am

The Glassell Park Improvement Association (GPIA) and Friends of Walnut Canyon are holding a large community meeting on 7/29/17 at 10am at the Glassell Park Community Center. This meeting will give updates and outline how the proposed development of 32 tract homes in Walnut Canyon will affect hundreds of homeowners and thousands of drivers in the Glassell Park area, particularly along the haul route to the building site.

For more information, please VISIT THIS LINK.

Grassroots Community Meeting to discuss Walnut Canyon / Abode Development 2/9/17 @ 7pm

A local group of grassroots community activists together with NELA GreenSpace, who want to preserve Walnut Canyon as greenspace, are meeting on Thursday evening, 2/9/17 @ 7pm to discuss next strategies and, specifically, receive professional advice about how to most effectively critique & object to the DEIR (draft environmental impact report) that the Abode developers have submitted with the intention of going forward with their project. Because this meeting is in a private individual’s living room, if you’d like to attend, you’re asked to email to get the address. Information is on the flyer (click here to view).

Community Meeting 1/28/17 @ 10am

Walnut Canyon Threatened with Abode Development

The GPNC is co-sponsoring a community meeting on Saturday, January 28th at 10am with the GPIA. The developers of the Abode project will be present to provide a presentation and will be accepting questions from the public.

It will be, like all GPNC meetings, at the Glassell Park Community & Senior Center at 3750 Verdugo Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065 (behind the Public Storage building).

An announcement from our local grassroots neighborhood greenspace advocacy group, NELA GreenSpace:

For some time, NELA GreenSpace has been fighting to save natural open space in the neighborhood of Glassell Park — fighting to save beautiful canyons and hillsides that have no legal protection against development. We want to preserve these spaces for the benefit of everyone who lives in Northeast Los Angeles.

Today, there is an urgent need to protect Walnut Canyon, a beautiful hillside with mature walnut trees and native wildlife, which faces complete destruction by a proposed development of 32 new homes. This large development is called Abode at Glassell Park.

The Abode developers have completed and submitted their Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) to the City, a critical final step in the approval process for their development. This Report is open to public review and criticism until February 21. If this DEIR is accepted by the City of Los Angeles, it will be very difficult to stop the Abode development from going forward. 

The DEIR completely misrepresents the impact this 32 house development will have on the landscape, on the surrounding neighborhood, and on NELA open space generally. The development’s huge impact on local traffic, noise, water runoff, wildlife migration patterns, and protected trees is dismissed in the document. And the the most important role played by Walnut Canyon in the community — its use as natural open park space — is neglected entirely in the document. As everyone who lives here knows, Glassell Park is a densely urbanized neighborhood with very little park space.  Walnut Canyon provides an easily accessed green area that gives residents and the larger local community access to walking, hiking, relaxing and learning about nature, with all the health benefits that such outdoor activities provide.

To analyze and respond to the DEIR — and to fight the Abode development project overall — NELA GreenSpace has been working for some time with a legal firm that specializes in land use issues. And today, we are at a critical juncture in the fight to save Walnut Canyon. Again, if the DEIR is accepted by the City as it is now written, there will be little chance to save the Canyon.

NELA GreenSpace wants Walnut Canyon to be secured as public parkland.  Alongside our battle with the Abode developers, we are working with state agencies and elected officials to save this pristine undeveloped land in perpetuity.

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT NELA GREENSPACE, AND THE INFO THEY’VE GATHERED ABOUT THIS, VISIT THEIR WEBSITE HERE