Griffith Park Half Marathon & 5K
Join the Los Angeles Parks Foundation and the Los Angeles City Department of Recreation and Parks for a run in iconic Griffith Park. WHEN: Sunday January 24, 2016, Half Marathon start- 7:00am and 5K start- 8:00am. All proceeds benefit Los Angeles City parks.
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LAPF is pleased to announce the Re-Opening of Lazy J. Park Playground on August 7, 2015. Renovations were made possible through a generous donation from Pulte Homes. We hope to see you there!
On Saturday July 25th, Carlton Park will be opened to the public. This neighborhood walkable park is part of the 50 Parks Initiative and its Ribbon Cutting will be attended by Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell of the Thirteenth District. Hope to see you there!
The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks kicked off the Pershing Square Summer Concert Series July 8th. The series will run through August 15th and will feature four shows a week with a variety of entertainment. All performances are free! Click here to read more.
On July 7th, youth ages 17 and under swim free at many LA City swimming pools, thanks to a sponsorship by 7-Eleven. Click here for participating facilities.
This Summer, a project seven years in the making comes to MacArthur Park. Portraits of Hope will toss 7,000 inflatable balls, painted by Angelenos into MacArthur Park Lake. The organization hopes to have the project up and running by the third week of August and it will continue for four weeks. LAPF looks forward to seeing the colorful spheres in this iconic park! Click here to read more.
Youth Summer Swim Passes are now available. Passes are good for all L.A. City swimming pools, are good through Labor Day and are only $10!!!
Join the Department of Recreation and Parks, Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, Thirteenth District and Councilmember Gil Cedillo, First District for the 35th Annual Lotus Festival on July 11-12.
LAPF wishes everyone a happy and safe 4th of July! To get a full list of all holiday events in LA City Parks, click here.
Summer is almost here which means Angelenos can look forward to lots of free concerts in LA City Parks! Each year, Levitt Pavillion LA hosts several free performances at MacArthur Park. Click here to see the full 2015 calendar.
The 7th Annual Summer Night Lights starts June 25th and runs until September 5th. The program, which has been credited with significant reductions in gang violence, aims to make our parks safer by offering meals, activities, and fun family activities. Click here to see a full list of participating facilities.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmembers LaBonge and Krekorian and the Department of Recreation and Parks will be on hand for the Valleyheart Riverwalk Groundbreaking Ceremony and the Valleyheart Riverfront Park Opening Ceremony on June 2nd, starting at 10:30 a.m. Come out to see all the exciting developments with the LA River!
On Monday, June 8th summer oficially starts with the 2015 Operation Splash and Swim Season Kick-Off at Downey Pool. The Department of Recreation and Parks and LAPF especially look forward to this season as LA hosts the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, with many events at LA City Aquatic Centers. Hope to see you there!
On Saturday, February 21, York and Avenue 50 Park had its Grand Opening and block party. The park has been met with a lot of enthusiasm by the community and LAPF was pleased to be on hand for the festivities. Part of the 50 Parks Initiative, LAPF secured partial funding for York & Avenue 50 through Wells Fargo's Urban LIFT Community Grant.
LAPF IN THE NEWS
The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks will be running the Greek Theater with the help of a venue manager in 2016. This is great news for Los Angeles, as our City parks will benefit from proceeds. Click here to read more.
The drought is at the forefront of every Californian's mind at the moment. KCET Departures piece on native plant nurseries for the LA River explores approaches and solutions for LA's water crisis. Among them is the Griffith Park Nature Conservancy, a project LAPF has embarked on with its partner, the Nature Conservancy. Click here to read the full article.
In an effort to save water and improve the quality of soccer games in Los Angeles, the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks is replacing nearly all of its grass soccer fields with synthetic turf. Click here to read the article in LA Weekly.
LAPF recently received a $1 million donation from USC to fund upgrades at Hazard Recreation Center. Jogging paths, outdoor exercise equipment, and new tennis and basketball courts are among the planned improvements. Click here to read more.
The Department of Recreation and Parks recently announced that free public wi-fi will be available in six city parks, thanks to Toyota and American Park Network. Click here to read more.
Last Janruary, LAPF recieved a grant from Wells Fargo through the UrbanLIFT program to assist with the construction of York and Avenue 50 Park in Highland Park. On Saturday, June 21, LAPF was pleased to attend the Groundbreaking. Read more here.
The Department of Recreation and Parks has partnered with LAUSD to provide free summer lunches for children up to 18 years old and for people with disabilities. Lunches will be served at 105 Recreation and Parks Centers in Los Angeles from June 9-August 8. Click here to read more.
The lastest RAP Sheet includes news on the 64th Annual Junior Golf Tournament, the Patton Street Park Ground Breaking, and information on a new shuttle service to the Hollywood Sign Viewing Area and the Griffith Observatory which will be provided by the Department of Recreation and Parks. Click here to read more!
LAPF was pleased to participate in One Day on Earth, a 24-hour filming campaign with the goal of igniting a collaborative effort to communicate topics related to Los Angeles' culture and future. Among such topics are parks and open space. Click here to watch a video One Day on Earth produced about the 50 Parks Initiative.
Thanks to the Department of Recreation and Parks' conservation efforts, 87 million gallons of water were saved during last month's rain. Click here.
The Department of Recreation and Parks recently produced a video showcasing all that North Hollywood Recreation Center has to offer. Click here to watch.
In partnership with the Department of Recreation and Parks, LAPF is proposing to restore and conserve an old nursery at Griffith Park for the purposes of demonstrating conservation best practices and making LA a greener city. Click here to watch a video about the project.
What a pleasant surprise to hear that Los Angeles is becoming an example of urban sustainability. Even better, the 50 Parks Initiative is mentioned as a contributing factor. Read the article here.
Chairman of the Board of LAPF, Barry Sanders recently penned an OP ED piece for the LA Times in which he addresses the efforts of the Department of Recreation and Parks and LAPF to make LA a more park rich city. Read the article here.
LAPF's Executive Director, Judith Kieffer took a tour of some 50 Park Initiative sites for an article which appears in January's Los Angeles Magazine. Read the article here.
Construction has started on the play area at Mason Recreation Center. LAPF recieved a grant from First 5 LA for the renovation of play spaces at the park, which will enable play for children of all abilities. Click here to read more.
Last month, LAPF was happy to host more than 25 park professionals from around the country for the City Parks Alliance LA Summer Tour. Among other sites, tour participants visited a handful of 50 Park Initiative parks. The sites made quite an impression on the visitors, one of whom wrote about them in San Jose Inside. Click here to read more.
LAPF is pleased to announce that City Parks Alliance has named 76th St. Park a "Frontline Park". Parks which exemplify urban park excellence, innovation and stewardship are selected for this program. City Parks Alliance will spotlight 76th St. Park on its website throughout the month of July. Click here to read more.
The Los Angeles Parks Foundation and the Department of Recreation and Parks produced a video on the 50 Parks Initiative. Click here to watch.
LAPF's President, Barry A. Sanders spoke to Warren Olney on 'Which Way, LA?' about the 50 Parks Initiative. Click here to listen to the interview.