Rio de Los Angeles State Park Opening April 21 2007
The City Project led the community efforts to create Ascot Hills, the next great urban park in East Los Angeles. The Olmsted Report recommended a park there in 1930. The Ascot Hills are named for the former Legion Ascot Speedway, Los Angeles' most popular auto racetrack during the 1920s and 1930s. Until the groundbreaking for the park in 2005, the largest open space in East Los Angeles was Evergreen Cemetery. This sent the wrong message to our children: If you want open space, you have to die first.