Last year's Lotus Festival in Echo Park was a huge success. This year's festival will be held in the same location on July 9th and 10th from 12 PM - 9 PM. It is an excellent event for the family, and includes many fun things such as dragon boat racing, face painting, live performances, and delicious food.
The Republic of Korea is showcasing the culture with entertainment at 1 PM on Saturday and will have a Korean Pavilion near the stage that features Korean arts and crafts and other cultural elements.
For more information about the festival, click here.
The 2017 Griffith Park 5K and Half Marathon will be on Sunday, January 29. Save the date and start your training!
Introductions were given by Judith Kieffer, Executive Director of Los Angeles Parks Foundation, Cindy Starrett, Chair of the Board of Directors of Los Angeles Parks Foundation, and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland of the city of Los Angeles.
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LAPF IN THE NEWS
AngelFest is an amazing opportunity for Los Angeles. Currently under debate, the proposed music festival will showcase the best of LA's entertainment, talent, food, and family friendly activities, while providing a percentage of tickets benefiting our city parks. Check out the story on LA Times right here.
Shakespeare in Griffith Park this summer! Come see Richard III and The Tempest for free. Check out the details here.
On Saturday, October 31st, the John Ferraro Youth Synthetic Soccer Fields were open to the public. LAPF has partnered with LA84 Foundation on this project which will significantly increase player usage and decrease water consumption. Click here to read the CBS LA article and watch the video.
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.
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.
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.