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Ok guys seriously? I'm sure that the park is safe.. especially when it's near a police academy. Anyways I love the park, it's a very nice place to hang with your friends in.

— Danny Nieodemus Heng
September 13, 2011 at 8:27 a.m.

People who go hiking here end up getting chopped up and never seen again... just kidding... look at the crime reports, what are you sensationalists talking about? You do tend to see a lot of rubbers on the ground. I appreciate the safe sex but find a trash can, ok?

Aside from the seediness in parts, a great park to hike in, have a BBQ, look at lowriders or join a game of soccer or croquet.

I also administer a Facebook page for Elysian Park.

— Eric Brightwell
April 6, 2011 at 1:31 p.m.

I live in Solano Canyon and walk/run up Academy Road into the park most days and also occasionally near sunset. With the caveat that I am a (still/relatively) young man over six feet / 230 lbs, please do not listen to the hysterics bleating below about how unsafe the park is. It's a big city park so no surprise that dudes go cruising there, leave condoms and that a broke city does a bad job of cleaning it, especially after warm weekends. (The underbrush path described by Sam actually sounds like it would make a great photo.) But, in the overwhelming main the park is safe during daylight hours, full of families on the weekends and well traveled by joggers / walkers dog walkers in the morning. Although the Park was pretty hairy once upon a time, the idea that you are taking your life in your hands by hiking there _in 2010_does not jibe with the experiences of me and my neighbors, nor does it line up with readily available crime statistics. Relax people!

— Paul
October 1, 2010 at 4:38 p.m.

An increase in males having sex in public parks in northeast Los Angeles has resulted in more of them being arrested on suspicion of performing lewd acts, Los Angeles police vice officers said today.

More than 90 males were arrested in 2009 -- up from 75 in 2008 -- on suspicion of lewd conduct in the Northeast area, including Elysian Park, Griffith Park and Sycamore Grove Park, and police want to curtail the trend.

"We took two stations out on an undercover operation," LAPD Vice Sgt. Lisa Phillips said at a news conference today. "The whole purpose, intention and goal of this operation is to get the word out to the community at large that this is a serious problem."

— Rick
March 15, 2010 at 2:02 p.m.

Hiking is dangerous and many hikers end up dead - Read the news folks. Don't hike! Exercise in a crowded place or alone at home with the doors and windows locked and a gun nearby. Welcome to the jungle. Sorry if this is upsetting but being a victim is much more upsetting. Trust me.

— Richard
March 12, 2010 at 2:40 p.m.

Why would anyone hike in such a dangerous park? It seems some people's desire to close their eyes to the dangers around them and live a Polyanna life explains the large number of victims. I am an adult Mexican American who was raised in East L.A.. Trained in Tae Kwon Do, graduate of a Fed Law Enforcement Training academy. I would be afraid for my life to hike around Elysian Park.

— Ralph McCue
March 9, 2010 at 7:44 a.m.

Elysian Park is located a few miles north of Los Angeles and neighboring bad areas. Going hiking in Elysian park is like going for a stroll in Compton for star gazing. Both are things a smart person would not do unless absolutely necessary. Sam, I am sorry you had this experience but sleep soundly knowing that you could have been raped (yes, you) and killed. Hiking in Elysian Park? Are you crazy?

— Richard
March 8, 2010 at 2:03 p.m.

This article doesnt make any sense. About 2300 of the folks that are counted as being Elysian Park residents are actually residents of Echo Park, Chinatown or Solano,(whose residents dont consider themselves part of the "Park"). The only people who actually live in the park are the folks who live in Barlow or on Boyleston street.

— garagehero
February 26, 2010 at 8:19 a.m.

great urban park. lots of popular trails. horse trails are clean. playgrounds all around. picnic areas are cleaned up (usually).

more and more locals are coming out to use the park so there is plenty of activity with families, dogs, marathon trainers, joggers.

but some paths are not very friendly; pretty dirty and trashy. I suggest you stay off but do complain to the neighborhood council as this might help speed things up for a larger clean-up crew and surveillance. many homeless have used this as a sleeping area. many condoms and other trash is around on some of the less traveled paths.

trails via chinatown are usually the ones i would not suggest you use ,yet. however, if you go via morton st. and park drive you'll find the cleaner trails and friendlier people.

— laura
November 22, 2009 at 4:15 p.m.

The park also has it's share of homeless people. In some instances, small fires that have burned in and around the park have been caused by homeless encampments. If you hike, in addition to all those condoms (as mentioned by Sam), you also run into many living spaces the homeless have set up there. It's like a homeless camping area out there.

— phil
September 7, 2009 at 7:53 p.m.

i went hiking about a month back in elysian park in the mid afternoon. i found a small trail that seemed to cut under some tall plants, creating a kind of system of pathways and trails, all UNDER the brush and plant growth. i entered this area only to find more condoms and condom wrappers than i've ever seen in my life. for at least a square mile there were literally condoms and their wrappers everywhere you could see. it's like everyone in los angeles comes down there to have sex. it's surreal. along with all that trash, there's also countless empty chip bags, trash, dirty tissues. this place is just gross.

— Sam Hirsch
August 28, 2009 at 12:42 p.m.

Elysian Park

is a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles in the Central L.A. region of Los Angeles County. It contains Solano Canyon.
The neighboring communities are Chinatown, Cypress Park, Echo Park, Elysian Valley, Glassell Park and Lincoln Heights.
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