Join us on January 12, 2017 for our next community listening session. In preparation for the park opening we are asking what type of programming you would like to be available in the park. Join us and tell us what you think!
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.
Over the past few weeks, LASHP has been all about BHSO – Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook – the newest California State Park set to open in Los Angeles this weekend, April 18. The Los Angeles Sector has been quite busy, along with District headquarters, and partners Los Angeles Audubon and Baldwin Hills Conservancy, planning this weekend’s grand opening event and activities. If you would like to check out the spectacular new visitor center and even more spectacular views of the city, the park is located at 6300 Hetzler Road in Culver City. Saturday’s event will include dignitaries, musical entertainment, guided nature tours, bird watching, native plant restoration, eco crafts, and healthy food and refreshments for the whole family from 12:00 – 4:00pm.
Even though the LASHP staff has already spent a fair amount of time at BHSO during the planning and construction phases, there have still been moments amid the furious coordination activity when we were suddenly taken with the peacefulness and truly amazing views of the landscape. “We wanted to provide a tranquil respite from big city life,” said State Parks Director Ruth Coleman. “Now people living in this highly congested area can get out and experience nature close to home.” Visit the overlook and I think you’ll agree that it truly is a respite and quite a special place that Angelenos will enjoy for years to come.
“It is a scientific fact that the occasional contemplation of natural scenes of an impressive character, particularly if this contemplation occurs in connection with relief from ordinary cares, change of air and habits, is favorable to the health and vigor of men and especially to the health and vigor of their intellect beyond any other conditions which can be offered them, but it not only gives pleasure for the time being but increases the subsequent capacity for happiness and the means of securing that happiness.”
It may not look like much at the moment, but Millie’s, known as Sam’s Lunch during the rail years, will be up and running again soon. Reincarnated for the 21st century, Millie’s burger stand will become Urban Green at LASHP. Gone are the days of burgers, chips, and soda. Instead, locally grown collard greens, kale, scallions, cucumbers, tomatoes, and peppers are but a sampling of ingredients that will make up Urban Green’s innovative and delicious vegetarian cuisine. So keep an eye on that little white building…