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.

4730 Crystal Springs Drive ,90027
Los Angeles , CALIFORNIA

Rustic Night 2018

Join us for a fundraising event for Rustic Canyon on September 15th, 2018. The dinner is hosted by the Park Advisory Board and Department of Recreation and Parks. **Cocktail Attire and Adults Only

601 Latimer Road ,90402
Santa Monica , CALIFORNIA

Lotus Festival 2018 - June 20, 2018

This year, the Lotus Festival honors Chinese culture and will be hosted on July 14th and 15th from 12-9pm.

Los Angeles Parks Foundation also will be hosting its first annual Lotus Festival Beer and Wine Garden for a refreshing break from the heat, with thanks to the Los Angeles Brewers Guild.  Be sure to mark your calendars!


Grand Opening of Easton Rancho Park Archery Range - Sept. 25, 2017

Hundreds of people came to the Grand Opening of the Easton Rancho Park Archery Range on September 23rd to view the new, state-of-the-art range and hear about its importance to the city of LA in promoting recreation for all.


Some notable speakers included: Mayor Eric Garcetti, District 5 Councilmember, Paul Koretz, Vice President of Easton Foundations, Don Rabska, and actress and well-known archery enthusiast, Geena Davis.

Rose Award 2017 - April 27, 2017

The 7th Annual Rose Award was absolutely wonderful! Andrea Van de Kamp was this year's honoree, and she truly is an outstanding individual who has done great things for the City of Los Angeles.


We thank Andrea for all that she has contributed to our community, as well as our guests, Ms. Fannie Flagg, Mayor Eric Garcetti and First Lady Amy Elaine Wakeland and all of our event sponsors.


Griffith Park Run 2017 - Jan. 29, 2017

The 2017 Griffith Park 5K and Half Marathon was on Sunday, January 29, 2017 and was a great success!

2016 Holidays in the Parks - Dec. 21, 2016

The Los Angeles Parks Foundation is pleased to announce the final results of this year’s Holiday in the Parks Grants. We had 53 applications for the grants this year! Below are the final 20 recipients:



Algin Sutton Recreation Center

Canoga Park Senior Citizens’ Center

Costello Recreation Center

Evergreen Recreation Center

Harbor City Recreation Center

Imperial Courts Recreation Center

Jackie Tatum Recreation Center

Lincoln Heights Recreation Center

Loren Miller Recreation Center

Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center

Normandale Recreation Center

Reseda Recreation Center

Sepulveda Recreation Center

Slauson Recreation Center

Sunland Senior Center

Sylmar Recreation Center

Van Ness Recreation Center

Watts Senior Center

Wilmington Recreation Center

Winnetka Recreation Center


Griffith Park Turns 120! - Dec. 20, 2016

On Friday, December 16th, Griffith Park turned 120  years old. The park is such a treasure to Los Angeles, and the Department of Recreation and Parks and Los Angeles Parks Foundation are proud to contribute to its maintenance and development throughout the years. Happy 120th Anniversary!

Live Nation Supports Our Parks - Dec. 14, 2016

The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and Los Angeles Parks Foundation were presented a check by Live Nation at The Greek Theatre on Tuesday, December 13th, in support of city parks.


Lotus Festival 2016 - June 15, 2016

The 36th Annual Lotus Festival in Echo Park was a huge success. The festival was held in Echo Park over the weekend of July 9-10th. 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 showcased its culture with entertainment and had a Korean Pavilion near the stage that featured Korean arts and crafts and other cultural elements.


Rose Award 2016 - May 9, 2016

Our 6th annual Rose Award was a great success! Mia Hamm was this year's honoree, and she is truly an inspirational woman.

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.


Thank you to our sponsors for helping bring this event to life!

AFE Sports

Annenberg Foundation

Barnes & Thornburg, LLP             

City National Bank          

Commercial Paving, Inc.               

Greenfields Fitness        

Hall, Carlyle

Kantor, Mickey and Heidi Schulman

Karsh, Martha

Kieffer, Judith

Latham & Watkins          

Levitt-Hirsch, Liz

Live Nation        

Manatt, Phelps, & Phillips           


RecWest Outdoor Products, Inc.
Rios Clementi Hale Studios
Rosenthal, Monica and Philip
Starrett, Cindy
Wells Fargo
Werner, Jill


LA Recreation and Parks Events - Jan. 1, 2013

Please visit the City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department's Web site to search for special city park and recreation events near you!


AngelFest 2017 - June 23, 2016

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

Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival 2016 - May 26, 2016

Shakespeare in Griffith Park this summer! Come see Richard III and The Tempest for free. Check out the details here.

Los Angeles Parks Foundation News - Feb. 25, 2016

See Los Angeles Parks Foundation's most recent newsletters:   

End Of Year Email 2015

Summer 2015

Ferraro Fields Youth Synthetic Fields - Nov. 3, 2015

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.

Greek Theatre - Aug. 21, 2015

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. 

LAPF in KCET Departures Piece - July 23, 2015

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.

Renovations by the LA Department of Recreation and Parks Highlighted in LA Weekly - July 7, 2015

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. 

Free Public Wi-Fi at Six City Parks - Aug. 22, 2014

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.

North Hollywood Recreation Center - March 26, 2014

The Department of Recreation and Parks recently produced a video showcasing all that North Hollywood Recreation Center has to offer. Click here to watch.

50 Parks Initiative in CV Independent - Feb. 18, 2014

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. 

LAPF in the Los Angeles Times - Jan. 16, 2014

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. 

Los Angeles Magazine Article on LA Parks and the 50 Parks Initiative - Jan. 14, 2014

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.

Mason Recreation Center - Jan. 14, 2014

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. 

50 Parks Initiative Makes an Impression on Los Angeles Visitors - Aug. 6, 2013

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. 

76th St. Park Selected as a "Frontline Park" - July 18, 2013

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.

50 Parks Initiative Video - Jan. 15, 2013

The Los Angeles Parks Foundation and the Department of Recreation and Parks produced a video on the 50 Parks Initiative. Click here to watch. 

50 Parks Initiative on 'Which Way, LA?' - Sept. 12, 2012
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.