Los Angeles we are finally ready for you!
Please join us for the long-awaited Grand Opening of Los Angeles State Historic Park.
We are planning a day-long celebration of music, performance, family-friendly activities and food trucks.
The park is easily accessible by the Chinatown Gold Line Station or by bicycle. Limited parking in the park.
Music Performers to be announced shortly.
More details to follow as the date approaches. Please help us spread the word!
Beginning to Uncover the Past
Visitors to Los Angeles State Historic Park (LASHP) often wonder what exactly makes our park historical. This is due to the fact that most of our material history is underground. This past week, State Park archaeologists have been at LASHP uncovering some of that history.
The Dig Begins
In 1875, the Southern Pacific Railroad made its way into what is now downtown Los Angeles, connecting the city to the transcontinental railroad in the north. The property chosen for the new passenger depot and yard was located in what is now the middle section of the park and was considered far from the existing town center at the time. 4 years later, in 1879, passenger traffic had increased to the extent that a hotel was constructed next to the depot, offering weary travelers a respite with a “parlor sitting room” and restaurant serving quick “25 minute meals.”
The Entrance of the Hotel
This past week State archaeologists uncovered the foundation of the hotel and what was once the ice house for the rail yard. Based on their current excavation, we now know that the ice house walls went much further down than originally thought. It appears the ice was kept cool below ground in something much like a basement. They also located what they believe to be a hotel water closet, based on terra cotta and metal piping that was found.
Here are a few photos documenting the dig and illustrating how the layers of history within our park continue to reveal hidden stories about the park and the city’s past.
Foundations of Rooms at the Hotel
The Ice House
BEGINS AT 5:00PM
PLEASE NOTE: THE CAMPFIRE WILL BEGIN AT 5:00PM!
We at Los Angeles State Historic Park will be having our last Summer Sunset Campfire of the year on September 24th 2011. We will be joined by The Children’s Nature Institute for an extraordinary campfire program complete with live animals! We will watch the live animal show and roast marshmallows while learning about Los Angeles.
Outdoor Film Fest
We are happy to announce that Los Angeles State Historic Park will kick off the summer event season by welcoming the Outdoor Film Festival for another series of movie nights! The cinematic celebration begins May 28th. Check their website for up-to-date lists of films and dates. See you there!
Meet Wolfie. Wolfie is a 2 year old rescue. His breed is unknown, but his owner, Joey thinks he may be a Border Collie, German Shepard mix. Wolfie was relaxing in the park after a long walk. Thanks for being our dog of the week Wolfie, and thank you for wearing your leash!
With all of the blooming going on in the park, many bugs are hard at work. Today we spotted busy bees pollinating and Ladybugs eating aphids. Here are some photographs of what we saw!
After a challenging 2 years of budget cuts and frozen bond projects, California State Parks is ready to move forward and resume the planning process at Los Angeles State Historic Park. New designs will be unveiled at a public meeting on December 9, 2010 as State Parks prepares to deliver on its much anticipated promise to construct a fully activated 32 acre park in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.
Over the past several years State Parks has engaged the local community in an extensive series of public meetings and planning workshops during which they shared their visions for the park’s future. Given the current economic climate, new plans reflect this vision through a more modest design and realistic approach to park development. State Parks will utilize currently available funding for the project and work within parameters that are not reliant on outside funding or philanthropic dollars. A phased approach to park development will offer a baseline build out of the full 32 acres, laying the groundwork for future funding opportunities.
At this December 9th public meeting, the community will see a revised version of the park phase I plan. They will see a welcome station pavilion, grand promenade, an interpretative play area, an archeological display site that highlights the former railroad roundhouse on the site, an amphitheatre, a farmer’s market area, trails throughout the park, wetland areas, and green open spaces for multiple activities.
this is what our park looks like
Come one, come all to our July 10th campfire
One week from today, we will be having our July Sunset Campfire and its shaping up to be tons of fun for the whole family. Now it may seem like it is coming a week earlier than normal and it seems that way because it is in fact coming a week earlier. We normally have it the third Saturday of the summer months, but the third Saturday of this month we are having a big a concert in the park, so we made the campfire a week earlier. We have some awesome archeology going on in the park right now, so we will be talking about that, singing songs, and of course, roasting marshmallows. So come out on July 10th, at 6:30pm, and meet in the center of the park. This event is free and open to the public and bring a picnic dinner along if you like. Contact Thomas at (three two three) 441-8819 with any questions. Hope to see you there.