Providing a space for nature and functional art in the middle of downtown, Grand Hope Park was completed in 1993 following ... More
Grand Hope Park
Providing a space for nature and functional art in the middle of downtown, Grand Hope Park was completed in 1993 following plans designed by Lawrence Halprin. Set on two and a half acres, the park features the work of prominent local artists in addition to trees, trellises, a fountain and a clock tower. It is the central feature of the South Park development, a planned neighborhood with both residential and commercial spaces.
Looks like it did in the 1950s when I put in the trees and started new trellis plants. I also put in the trees in Pershing Square and Angel's Flight and the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Dorothy Chandler's Pavillion and the Kenneth Hahn Building and the Civic Center plaza and City Hall and some by the courthouse. All for free. Never could charge for something beautiful.
I'm not a dog owner, but I am a kid owner and this place is pretty great from that perspective! There's plenty of beautiful , clean green grass to run around on, lots of benches with with shade, gorgeous flowering vines. My daughter loves to gather the petals that fall from the flowers there. There are some picnic tables under shade as well. The playground area is really cute and well gated, but it gets pretty hot in the middle of the day because there is absolutely no shade in this area for some reason. I would reccomend avoiding the playground during the hottest part of the day because the slides and other equipment are metal and tend to get hot. Ouch! Other than that, we love this place.
While this is a beautiful park in the middle of downtown Los Angeles - it is useless if you're a dog owner or friends with those who are. If the city of Los Angeles is so excited to be turning the South Park area into a residential area, where it's a fun place to live, socialize, dine, work, etc., having an area to take your pet to is imperative. It's downright inconvenient to have a park (this is the ONLY one) in the middle of a growing area (lots of young people with pets) that does not allow dogs. Poor form, really. What happened to the good old fashioned leash law?
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