Kevin Roderick on Los Encinos Park, which faces closure

The state is considering closing the small Los Encinos State Historic Park to save money.

(1937: Residents, actors and community leaders of Encino gather to commemorate the historical landmark status of the Don Vicente de la Osa Adobe on Los Encinos Rancho. Actor Don Ameche is seen on the white horse near the center of the image. LAPL)

It's an old (1849) rancho, with a pond, guided tours, and docents. It's not spectacular, but it's very significant historically, and is a lovely, quiet place.

(1949: View of the original adobe ranch house (right) and the limestone "Garnier" or "The French House" (left) built in 1872 by French Basque sheepman, Eugene Garnier. It was a replica of his home in France. LAPL/Herald-Examiner Collection)

From the LA Times:

"Generations of people have come to this park. It's such a waste to close it," said Kathy Moghimi-Patterson, an Encino Neighborhood Council board member who is leading the campaign to save Los Encinos. "This is not just an empty space."

Reportedly, the park only brings in around $50 a year in revenue, but costs $210,000 to run each year, and supporters need to raise $150,000 by July.

Historian and blogger Kevin Roderick took Off-Ramp to the park many years ago. Here's the interview from the Off-Ramp archive.

(1949: The porch of the adobe ranch house on Los Encinos Rancho with unkempt grounds. LAPL/Herald-Examiner Collection)

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