, 2023-01-11 12:00:53,
It’s a Sunday, but not just any Sunday. It’s Super Bowl Sunday, and hours from now the Rams and Bengals will square off to decide who is going to Disneyland and who will fall just short of their dreams.
A few miles north of where the action will go down, Christina and I park on Don Lorenzo Dr., a sloping residential through-street in the heart of Baldwin Hills that connects La Brea Ave and Stocker St. From there, it’s a five minute hustle across La Brea to the eastern side of Kenneth Hahn Recreation Area. This is our morning.
Friends Daniel and Melyssa join us for the A.M. jaunt, along with their dog Vin Scully. Vin and the two humans live not too far from here and frequently walk Kenneth Hahn, the park named for the former L.A. City Council Person and longtime member (40 years!) of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Today, the experienced trio leads the way.
The journey begins as we veer right near a billboard sign that greets us at the trailhead. The dirt path curves up the hill for about a quarter mile before we connect to a gravel walkway guarded by a wood railing. Heading north, our steps move us past a water tower and a playground and a little hummingbird garden adorned with feeders. To our right we soak in a dramatic view of the downtown skyline, and at one point (as evidenced by the map at the bottom of this article) I jog east to a clearing in order to capture the frame. I can’t think of many places better to see L.A. after a good rain.
I rejoin the group, and it isn’t long before our path blends into a parking lot at the south edge of a large field depressed into the top of the hillside. To the northeast, we follow a paved loop where we stop for a moment to inspect a memorial dedicated to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
An obelisk set against a backdrop of the DTLA skyline is inscribed with an excerpt of King’s 1963 I Have a Dream speech. Two years before King delivered those words on the National Mall, he had visited Los Angeles. Kenneth Hahn was the only elected official from the state who met with him. We stop for a beat, take a few photos with the dogs, ponder the words, then move on.
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