Since 2010, LAPF has awarded funding for holiday festivities to underserved parks in Los Angeles. To date, over 80 parks have been recipients of the Holiday in the Parks Grants. The 2015 awardees are:
- Central Park Recreation Center
- Chevy Chase Recreation Center
- Downey Recreation Center
- Glassell Park Recreation Center
- Hoover Recreation Center
- Imperial Courts Recreational Center
- LaFayette Recreation Center
- Lake Street Recreation Center
- Las Palmas Senior Center
- Lincoln Park Recreation Center
- Lou Costello Recreation Center
- Mt. Carmel Recreation Center
- North Hollywood Recreation Center
- Pecan Recreation Center
- Rosecrans Recreation Center
- Rose Hill Recreation Center
- Shatto Recreation Center
- South Park Recreation Center
- Toberman Recreation Center
- Wabash Recreation Center
- Yucca Recreation Center
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. The new playground will be opened in early winter.
LAPF has partnered with the LA84 Foundation and the Department of Recreation and Parks in the renovation of the Ferraro Fields in Griffith Park. The project will replace all seven soccer fields with synthetic turf and add new and updated amenities throughout the complex. With the refurbishment, 9.5 million gallons of water will be saved per year, and facility usage will increase from 7,360 youth to 170,960. The 4 youth fields were celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 31, 2015, and were opened for permitted play on November 7th. For permitting, please call the Municipal Sports Office at (818) 246-5613.
LAPF is pleased to announce the completion of the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Overlook in Griffith Park. LAPF received a grant in the amount of $100,000 from Tiffany & Co. Foundation for the maintenance and preservation of the overlook for an estimated term of 20 years.
For the 4th year in a row, LAPF is pleased to be sponsoring the 90+ Luncheon. Hosted by the Friendship Auditorium in Griffith Park, the event celebrates nonagearian Angelenos with a luncheon, gifts and entertainment. In years past, the 90+ Luncheon has had more than 350 attendees from over 30 senior centers throughout the city.
The Friends of West LA provided a donation to Palms Park for the installation of a new outdoor fitness zone. An informational sign along with five fitness pieces were installed: one wheelchair-accessible chest press machine, a pendulum ab and dip station, lat pull and vertical press combo, leg press, and an elliptical cross trainer. Up to 13 people can get in a workout at any given time. Outdoor fitness zones have become very popular across the City because of their convenience, and many park goers use the outdoor fitness equipment for their daily exercise and rely on them to meet their fitness goals. The ribbon cutting ceremony took place September 21st, 2015, with Councilmember Koretz.
In 2015, the Natasha Watley League was created in partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, the Natasha Watley Foundation, and a grant from ESPN through NRPA. The girls received uniforms, trophies, the opportunity to compete in the 4 Points of the Diamond program, and to work and mentor with college women athletes.
Thanks to a generous donation by Pulte Homes, Lazy J. Park has been refurbished with two brand new playgrounds for ages 2-5 and 5-12, and resilient rubber surfacing. The play area previously sat in a sand pit, which posed health and safety risks. Construction took place during June and July 2015 and a ribbon cutting event was held on August 7th, with Councilmember Englander conducting the ceremony.
Thanks to a grant from the Port of LA, the Cabrillo Beach Pier Fishing Program is in full swing this summer! The program provides environmental education and classroom instruction on local fishing advisories as well as hands-on pier fishing experience for kids ages 5-16.
As an adopted park through the Los Angeles Parks Foundation's Adopt-A-Park program, Stoner Recreation Center's multi-purpose field, which serves several local schools, was re-seeded with all new grass. The field opened for play at the end of August.
Seoul International Park has been adopted by long time LAPF supporter, Wells Fargo. Thanks to their generosity, the park now has outdoor fitness equipment. The facility is in a densely populated area and the new equipment will provide busy city dwellers a place to get in some daily cardio.
Thanks to a very active fundraising campaign, the gym floors at Rustic Canyon Recreation Center have been refurbished. The community has been very enthusiastic about LAPF's Friends of the Parks Program, and as a result, several improvements have been made possible at Rustic Canyon Recreation Center. The annual fundraiser, Rustic Nights, took place in June and was a great success.
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 Spring 2016.
The Department of Recreation and Parks secured a lease from the Department of Water and Power for the Franklin Canyon Orange Grove. LAPF is restoring and maintaining this orange grove which is among the oldest in California. Thanks to a generous donation from The David Bohnett Foundation, City National Bank and surrounding community members, produce will be harvested from the orange grove by volunteers and donated to local food banks.
The 2014-2015 harvest season yielded 7,640 pounds of fruit. In June 2015, LAPF purchased a small electric vehicle to use during future harvesting seasons.