Promotoras preparing for the Grand Opening

Opening a brand new CA State Park in the middle of downtown is no easy feat. Since the acquisition of LASHP in 2001, CA State Parks and the surrounding communities have been hard at work (65 public meetings, establishing park advocacy groups…) to make the grand opening a reality for Los Angeles. As we continue to be a park for the community, we’ve established new connections with locals and strengthened our relationship with voices of our people.

Our Promotoras, a community-based park ambassadors group, are just as excited to open this park! Today, Promotoras bagged and labeled seed packets for LA to “grow with us!” Meet our park leaders at the grand opening!

Volunteer for the Grand Opening of Los Angeles River State Park on Earth Day (4-22-17)!

After years of waiting,  the new Los Angeles State Historic Park will open on Earth Day, April 22nd, 2017.  We are expecting big crowds and our team is small.  Can you help?  If you’d like to volunteer – greeting visitors, setting up for the big show, handing “S’Mores Fixins’” to kids …we have many ways for you to show your support for this new Los Angeles State Park jewel!   And – every volunteer receives a very cool limited edition Grand Opening t-shirt.

Can you help at the Grand Opening of Los Angeles State Historic Park on Earth Day April 22nd?  Let us know –


Quetzal, Subsuelo, Shaolin Monks, and more…

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. More details to follow as the date approaches.  Please help us spread the word!

Musical Performances by Grammy Award-winning QUETZAL, Subsuelo, Shaolin Monks and more…


New Views – Coming in 2017



The Campout is Back!


Urban Rez at the Viaduct


Join Cornerstone theater for their production of Larissa Fasthorse’s Urban Rez beginning tonight at the Viaduct. Thursday and Friday performances at 8:00 pm, Saturday at 4:00 pm and Sunday at 2:00 pm.


Be a part of the “The Endless Orchard”

Endless Orchard

Please join Fallen Fruit this Saturday, March 19th, at the Los Angeles State Historic Park Viaduct and help create an urban fruit in the community surrounding LASHP. Fallen Fruit is an art collaborative originally conceived in 2004 that began by mapping fruit trees on or over public property in Los Angeles. Since then Austin Young and David Burns have continued this collaborative work and taken the project one step beyond to include the installation of fruit trees in public spaces in cities through out the country. Los Angeles State Historic Park is excited to become a part of this “Endless Orchard” with a trailhead located in our very own citrus grove and pointing the way to our community’s own urban fruit trail. If you own property near LASHP and have room to place a fruit tree in a publicly accessible space, please visit on Saturday to adopt a tree for free! We will be in the Viaduct, underneath the Historic North Broadway Bridge, between 10 am and 2 pm for the adoption and planting, 1799 Baker Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Construction Update

Welcome Pavilion
Welcome Pavilion

After nearly two years of construction, Los Angeles State Historic Park is finally starting to look like a park again. Admittedly, our construction updates have been few and far between. Making a compelling photo out of various configurations of dirt and trenching turns out to be difficult.Unfortunately, too, weekly Inspector Field Reports are pretty dry and hard to translate into definitive milestones.

But finally, we have completed buildings, our new Ranger Station and Welcome Pavilion, and actual trees in the ground. We still have a ways to go, but the finish line is in site, and we expect to be open to the public later this year. For now, here’s a sneak peek of what’s happening inside the green fence.

Superintendent on the Overlook Bridge
Superintendent on the Overlook Bridge
Park entry sign being prepped for concrete pour
Park entry sign being prepped for concrete pour
Oak Tree in the ground
Oak Tree in the ground

LA River Campout #4 – Lottery open now!

While LASHP is down for construction, why not check out or latest, The Bowtie Project! Join us for our 4th LA River Campout. S’mores, rangers, campfire, river, telescopes, knots, tacos, Frogtown! We’ve got it all. Kids are free, adults $10.00. Sign up now, space is limited.

LA River Campout #4

Construction Update

Unfortunately due to some technical glitches, our LASHP blog appears to have been languishing for months since our last update. We’ve finally got issues with our site sorted out, and plan to keep up to date on track from here on out.  For now, here is a shot taken in the park a few weeks ago. Residual storm clouds make a nice backdrop for the new Roundhouse Bridge and Overlook which will be a central feature of the new park.


Happily, after clearing some construction hurdles and delays due to nesting birds and archaeological finds, construction has picked up steam in recent days. We are on track to have the park finished in January and look forward to an official grand opening in spring of 2016. Stay tuned, we’ll be posting more photos as the Welcome Center and Ranger Station near completion and the park takes on its final form.

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