CURRENT PROJECTS

  • Lionel James Murray Memorial Playground

    Lionel James Murray, son of Matthew Murray and Kathleen Eagan Murray and brother to Calvin, passed away in his sleep in March 2017 at the age of 25 months.  His death was categorized as SUDC, or Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood.  Lionel spent nearly every day of his life at a playground in the Los Angeles area, where he met friends and shared his infectious joy for life.  

    To honor his memory, his family has chosen to rehabilitate a playground in an underserved neighborhood of Los Angeles, so that other children will have the opportunity to learn and play in a beautiful and safe place.  

    If you would like to help honor his memory, you can make a tax deductible donation to the Lionel James Murray Memorial Playground by clicking on this photo.

  • Girls Play LA Initiative

    The City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department has launched the Girls Play LA Initiative to encourage, promote, and support sports programs and movement classes specifically for girls and young women.  Please donate today.

  • Wellness Walks

    Through our popular Wellness Walks initiative, we fund and install sturdy, state-of-the-art, fitness equipment so that people can work out in the open air on their own schedule throughout the day, year-round.  The equipment stations are spread out along perimeter walking paths and offer a complete work-out.  People have so much fun working out that it inspires others to try it.  Our primary focus for Wellness Walks is low-income neighborhoods where private health clubs don’t exist.  

  • Rustic Canyon Courtyard

    LAPF recently completed the courtyard renovation at Rustic Canyon Recreation Center. We replaced the old doors with historically accurate french doors and windows throughout the courtyard and gave them a beautiful blue hue. Through community fundraising the courtyard has regained its historical elegance.

    Historical restoration of the Dodo Pavilion is now underway. This project involves a full interior makeover and will house tennis equipment and serve the tennis community of Rustic Canyon Recreation Center, as it once did. The Pavilion is set to be completed by early Spring 2017. 

  • New Archery Range at Cheviot Hills Recreation Center

    Thanks to a generous donation from the Easton Sports Development Foundation II, Cheviot Hills Recreation Center  is getting a new, fully constructed archery range. LAPF is pleased to be working on this project, which has many enthusiastic archers awaiting its opening in 2017.

  • Barrington Recreation Center

    Through LAPF's Adopt-A-Park program, The Archer School for Girls donated funds to Barrington Recreation Center which went towards installing all new vinyl fencing around the baseball field and batting cage, as well as brand new shade toppers and benches for the dugouts. We know the community will enjoy these upgrades for years to come!

  • Hazard Recreation Center Renovation

    Due to a generous donation made by USC, a multi-phase renovation is underway at Hazard Recreation Center. Phase 1, the refurbishment of the basketball and tennis courts, was completed May 1, 2015. The courts received all new surfacing, as well as two new additional half basketball courts. Phase 2 began in early May and was completed with a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 31st, and included outdoor fitness zones and jogging paths. Phase 3, the new totlot playground, opened in early winter. The final phase is the renovation of the recreation center restrooms, which will be upgraded to ADA compliance in late summer 2016.

  • Cabrillo Beach Pier Fishing Program

    Thanks to a grant from the Port of Los Angeles, the Cabrillo Beach Pier Fishing Program was a success last summer and is currently running again. The program serves kids ages 5-16, and provides classroom instruction on local fishing advisories, hands-on pier fishing and a trip to the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. 

  • Franklin Canyon Orange Grove

    In 2012, The Department of Recreation and Parks secured a lease from the Department of Water and Power, as a result of LAPF obtaining a private donation from the David Bohnett Foundation for the initial restoration, maintenance and enchancement of the grove. Thanks to continued generous donations from David Bohnett Foundation and City National Bank, LAPF has partnered with local non-profit organization Food Forward to harvest the grove since 2013. In the summer of 2015, LAPF purchased a small electric vehicle to assist with the hauling of fruit during harvest events. The 2015-2016 harvest season yielded 22,571 pounds of fruit, 100% of which was donated to local food banks.