Grand Park

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Grand Park
Grand Park in Los Angeles 1.jpg
TypeUrban park
LocationCivic Center, Los Angeles, California, United States
Coordinates34°03′24″N 118°14′50″W / 34.056744°N 118.24728°W / 34.056744; -118.24728Coordinates: 34°03′24″N 118°14′50″W / 34.056744°N 118.24728°W / 34.056744; -118.24728
Area12 acres (4.9 ha)
Created2012
DesignerRios Clementi Hale Studios
Operated byLos Angeles Music Center[1]
StatusOpen all year

Grand Park is a 12-acre (4.9 ha) park located in the civic center of Los Angeles, California. It is part of the larger Grand Avenue Project, with its first phase having opened in July 2012.[2] Grand Park is part of a joint venture by the city of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County, it was designed and built by the Los-Angeles-based multidisciplinary design firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios.[3] Park programming and entertainment, security and upkeep are maintained by the nearby Los Angeles Music Center.[3]

Grand Park stretches between the Los Angeles City Hall and the Los Angeles Music Center on Grand Avenue,[4] it is designed to be pedestrian friendly and connects Bunker Hill to the civic center. The park plans include tree-shaded sidewalks, drought-tolerant plants, an interactive fountain plaza, performance lawns and courtyards, plenty of street lights, movable park furniture, and kiosks to encourage the walking and exploration of the area. City officials and some visitors have compared Grand Park to other well-established urban parks such as New York's Central Park or San Francisco's Union Square.[5]

Prior to the creation of Grand Park, the area was already a public space with plazas, fountains and a Court of Flags.[6]

The Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain and Los Angeles City Hall

Activities[edit]

By virtue of the mostly sunny weather, the park also features programs year-round.[7] In 2012, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors allocated $3.3 million for the first year's operations, mainly to cover logistics such as security and maintenance, with $100,000 for programming.[8] Events will be coordinated by the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County, which also oversees the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and the Walt Disney Concert Hall; the inaugural event featured Bandaloop, a professed vertical dance company of aerialists, performing against the backdrop of Los Angeles City Hall.[9] During the first six months, Grand Park hosted about 40 events; some were bids for a mass audience, while others aimed to grab passers-by.[8]

The Community Terrace features a large picnic table and lawn area for gatherings and viewing visuals projected on nearby wall of the Hall of Records. Open lawn space can be used for major public events such as New Year’s Eve celebrations and festivals.

Transportation[edit]

Direct access to the park is available on the Los Angeles Metro Red Line and Purple Line at the Civic Center/Grand Park station; the park is also accessible via the Silver Line's 1st Street/Hill Street stop or its Spring Street/City Hall stop.[10] Several local, rapid and express Metro bus routes also share the same 1st Street/Hill Street stop at the civic center.

History[edit]

First proposed as a park by landscape architect Charles Mulford Robinson in 1907 inspired by the City Beautiful movement, but was never developed. After years of proposing the clustering of Los Angeles County government buildings in one place, the county and city finally accomplished that goal with a centralized park in 1957; the park was completed as "Civic Center Mall" in 1966.[11]

Grand Park features bright pink seating and mature trees.

Re-development of Grand Park began in 2010 at a cost of $56 million.[12] $50 million provided by Related Companies, the developer planning the nearby Grand Avenue Project. The parks later phase includes a Frank Gehry-designed mixed-use development. Due to the Great Recession, the development was pushed back, finally commencing construction in 2019.[9] Other phases of the project remained stalled, but the park and grand avenue project moved forward thanks to a special agreement between the joint powers authority overseeing the project and its developer.

Management[edit]

The Los Angeles Music Center's contract to operate Grand Park is expected to run until mid-2017; in addition, it earns in rents and fees charged to concessionaires and others. Routine security is provided by the Music Center's security department, and law enforcement services by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. In 2014, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved funding of $1 million for an independent nonprofit group, the Grand Park Foundation.[13]

Significant events[edit]

On December 31, 2013-January 1, 2014, "N.Y.E.L.A.", Los Angeles' first major public New Year's Eve celebration, was held in the park. The event, which included food trucks, art installations, and various color and light shows, among other things, drew an estimated 25,000 spectators. At 11:59 p.m., a massive light projection onto the side of Los Angeles City Hall began, displaying various dramatic visual art before ultimately counting down to midnight with the crowd. It was intended to become an annual celebration, with the hope that it would rival other major cities' festivities in years to come (notably the ball drop in New York City's Times Square);[14] the sixth annual Grand Park + The Music Center's N.Y.E.L.A. drew over 50,000 guests.[15]

On August 30-31, 2014, Jay Z's Labor Day Made in America Festival was held in Grand Park featuring, Imagine Dragons, John Mayer, Kanye West, and many other performers.

An Armenian genocide memorial opened in September 2016.[16]

The music video for "Play That Song" by Train was partly filmed in front of the Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain.[17]

Grand Park is also home to monthly BeyBlade Tournaments

During the 2028 Summer Olympics the park will serve as a venue for the marathon, race walk and road cycling.[18]

Memorials, markers and statuary[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ladowntownnews.com/news/music-center-to-operate-civic-park/article_e41fc144-a9e1-11e1-b6e4-0019bb2963f4.html Music Center to Operate Civic Park
  2. ^ Allen, Sam (25 July 2012). "New park in downtown Los Angeles inspires grand hopes" – via LA Times.
  3. ^ a b "Downtown's Grand Park makes exuberant use of a tough spot". latimes.com.
  4. ^ "Grand Park maps". lacounty.gov.
  5. ^ Jennifer Medina (August 18, 2012), "Los Angeles Puts a New Park at Its Heart". The New York Times.
  6. ^ http://grandpark.lacounty.gov/faqs.htm Grand Park FAQs
  7. ^ Jennifer Medina (August 18, 2012), Los Angeles Puts a New Park at Its Heart New York Times.
  8. ^ a b Mike Boehm (December 29, 2012), Grand Park holds grand potential for Music Center Los Angeles Times.
  9. ^ a b Peter Slatin (November 27, 2012), Simple Start of a Bold Vision for Downtown Los Angeles New York Times.
  10. ^ http://www.metro.net/riding/go-metro-to-grand-park/ Go Metro to Grand Park
  11. ^ https://www.planning.org/greatplaces/spaces/2013/grandpark.htm
  12. ^ David Ng (June 27, 2012), Downtown L.A.'s Grand Park readies for July 28 partial opening Los Angeles Times.
  13. ^ Mike Boehm (June 25, 2014), Supervisor Molina starts new foundation to oversee Grand Park Los Angeles Times.
  14. ^ Saillant, Catherine; Schaefer, Samantha (January 1, 2014). "Grand Park New Year's Eve bash called a success". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
  15. ^ "Grand Park's 2019 New Year celebration attended by thousands in DTLA". Daily News. 2019-01-01. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  16. ^ Boxall, Bettina. "Memorial to Armenian genocide unveiled in L.A.'s Grand Park." Los Angeles Times. September 17, 2016. Retrieved on September 19, 2016.
  17. ^ "Grand Park". facebook.com.
  18. ^ http://la24-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/assets/pdf/LA2024-canditature-part2_english.pdf
  19. ^ "Joint Statement Regarding the Christopher Columbus Statue in Grand Park". LA County Arts Commission. 2018-10-03. Retrieved 2019-02-23.

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