Carlin G. Smith Recreation Center

This bustling community center was built on a two acre parcel of land donated to the city in 1929 by Carlin G. Smith, a developer who contributed to the growth of Los Angeles in the 1920s. The center, however, was abandoned over time until a small team of volunteers from Mt. Washington restored it in the 1970s.

Enjoy an afternoon picnic at one of these recreational center's barbecue pits, along with basketball courts and children's play areas. The park is located in the center of Los Angeles' Mt. Washington neighborhood. For lunch, head down to Chico's Mexican Restaurant for a delicious plate of enchiladas.

CAR: Take the Pasadena Freeway (CA-110), west on Avenue 43 exit, then right on Figueroa St. Make a left on Avenue 45, another left on Marmion Way, and a right on Avenue 45. Take another right on Canon Crest St. and left on Avenue 46. Parking is available on the street.

Haramoknga Mural at Glenmary Archway
"Haramoknga - Place Where People Gather" is a new mural at Highland Park's historical Glen-Mary Archway. It was created by Pola Lopez, Heriberto Luna and a team of 15 youth artists.
4671 Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90042


Southwest Museum of the American Indian
Founded in 1907 by Charles Lummis but not formally opened until 1914, this museum houses artifacts from the Southwest and maintains the title as oldest museum in Los Angeles.
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90065
(323) 221-2164

Kite Hill
Named for its superb kite flying conditions, this hill provides a beautiful view of the surrounding valleys.
850 Avenue 37
>Los Angeles, CA 90065

Taco Fiesta
Because this stand has limited seating, eat your tacos outdoors at the Carlin G. Smith Recreation Center or the Montecito Heights Recreation Center.
4501 Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90065
(323) 223-5478

Chico's Mexican Restaurant
This family restaurant specializes in pupusas - a traditional Salvadoran dish. Pupusas are corn tortillas filled with either cheese, beans, or meat.
100 Avenue 50
Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 254-2445 "?

El Buen Sabor Restaurant
Visit El Buen Sabor for great tacos and pupusas.
4306 N Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90065
(323) 225-1805

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