Ever wonder what Academy Road near Dodger stadium leads to? It takes you to the LAPD Revolver and Athletic Club, snuggly tucked away in Elysian Park. This 20-acre police training facility has been in operation since the 1930’s, and features a sprawling campus with the typical shooting range, tactical training areas, and a gym for police cadets and officers. But there is also a cafe that is tucked away on the ground floor of the main building. Surprisingly, the cafe is open to the public. It gives non-LAPD members the chance to chow down on quintessential cafe fare, along side off-duty police officers in uniform.
Sadly, the cafe is closing permanently after decades of operations. In fact, the entire Elysian Park facility, which has planned for an upgrade for the past 2 decades, will be under renovation until 2016. There currently are no plans to rebuild a cafe facility in the new plans. So for the closing week, I finally made my way up to the Club, and enjoyed a Pastrami Sandwich and Milkshake elbow to elbow with police officers.
I explored the grounds of the campus, which is open to the public. The entire campus and club is actually very open and quaint, with a garden and fountains in the rear section, within earshot of the firing ranges.