Is Hansen Dam park the most Mexican corner of LA?

Hansen-Dam-laopinion.jpgPhoto from LA Opinión by Aurelia Ventura

La Opinión's Isaias Alvarado covers the Sunday scene in the park on the Lake View Terrace side of Hansen Dam and asks, is this the most Mexican corner of the city? The gathering of families, horse riders and bands playing corridas evokes a Sunday in the rural villages of Mexico, he writes.

Via Google translation:

"This is like Mexico, I come every eight days," said Javier Garcia, 50, a Zacatecano who came on the back of "The Rebel," a spirited horse. Garcia, who works in construction, said that although he has lived in this country for almost three decades, he frequents the park to feel the rural atmosphere. "This is a little piece of Mexico, you turn around and only see mountains, hear the drums, you can ride a horse, that's nice."

The park has a riding area and connects to the horse properties in Lake View Terrace, on the other side of Foothill Boulevard, and to trails leading toward Big Tujunga Canyon. It has always been an equestrian corner of Los Angeles. The area where the park is located now goes way back as a family weekend destination, popular from the 1930s into at least the 1950s as Pop's Willow Lake.

Read the whole thing, in Spanish.. Here's also a very rough Google translation.

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