Neighborhood Walk with Mayor Eric Garcetti - Sept. 11, 2014

This Saturday, September 13, Gilbert Lindsay Recreation Center will host the Neighborhood Walk with Mayor Garcetti and Councilmember Curren Price. The event will give South L.A.  residents a chance to discuss current issues impacting the community. The event starts at 10 a.m. and lunch will be served.

Haunted Hayride 2014 - Sept. 10, 2014

It's that time of year again! The 2014 Haunted Hayride starts on October 3 and goes through Halloween. As always, the Hayride will be in Grifith Park. This year's theme explores the seven deadly sins with "Echo From the Rift". Click here to purchase tickets. See you there!

May-July 2014 RAP Sheet - July 22, 2014

It's been a busy summer for RAP. In the latest RAP Sheet, read about Summer Night Lights, Summer Swim, and the Groundbreaking of York & Avenue 50 Park; made possible in part from a grant to LAPF through the UrbanLIFT Program.

Hazard Park Skate Plaza Opening - July 21, 2014

Hazard Park has gotten a new Skate Park! Come out for the opening on Thursday July 24 at 5p.m. Councilmember Jose Huizar of the Fourteenth District will be on hand for the ribbon cutting.

Re-Opening of Robert L. Burns Park - July 21, 2014

Robert L. Burns Park will be re-opening on Friday July 25 at 10:00 a.m. Join Councilmember Tom LaBonge of the Fourth District to check out the improvements to the facility.

Peck Park - July 12, 2014

Join the Department of Recreation and Parks and Councilmember Joe Buscaino of the 15th District for the opening of the Peck Park Skate Park on Saturday, July 12th.

34th Lotus Festival - July 12, 2014

The Lotus Festival at Echo Park Lake has been an LA tradition for 34 years. Join Mayor Eric Garcetti for the opening ceremony on Saturday July 12th at noon. Please RSVP (213) 413-1622

Hubert H. Humphrey Recreation Center - July 11, 2014

On Friday, July 11th, Hubert H. Humphrey will have the Grand Opening of their new Inclusive Playground. For more information, contact Brad Thorton at (818) 988-5676.

Barrington Recreation Center - July 1, 2014

Earlier in the year, LAPF was pleased to have The Archer School for Girls adopt Barrington Recreation Center through our Adopt-A-Park program. The park chose to have their tennis courts renovated with the adoption funds, and on Thursday July 3, the courts were opened to the public. Councilmember Mike Bonin of the 11th District was on hand to cut the ribbon!

Summer Night Lights 2014 - June 26, 2014

 Summer Night Lights officially kicked off the 2014 season on June 25th. The program keeps 32 parks and recreation facilities open throughout the summer months from the hours of 7-11 pm. Thanks to the program, there was a 73.1% decrease in gang related violence in 2013. Click here to read more about the program.

RAP Pools and Splash Pads Open for Summer - May 29, 2014


Last weekend, the Department of Recreation and Parks opened all pools and splash pads for the Summer. LAPF is glad to hear it, because it's heating up already!

2014 Rose Award - May 8, 2014


 May 1st was a lovely day at the Rose Garden in Exposition Park and LAPF was pleased to have Brenda Levin as the 2014 Rose Award honoree. Ms. Levin's contributions to the City of Los Angeles include the preservation and redefinition of the Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles City Hall, Wiltern Theatre,  and Bradbury, Oviatt and Fine Arts Buildings. Ms. Levin was introduced by Dr. E.C. Krupp, astronomer and Director of Griffith Observatory. Click here and here to read Brenda's speech and click here and here to read Dr. Krupp's speech. 


Vaudeville in the Park - April 3, 2014

On Sunday May 4, Independent Shakespeare Co. will host Vaudeville in the Park at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the annual Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets. 

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!


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.

York and Avenue 50 Groundbreaking - June 26, 2014

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.

Summer Lunch Program Returns - June 5, 2014

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.

Spring 2014 RAP Sheet - May 20, 2014

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!

One Day on Earth - April 15, 2014

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.

RAP Conserves 87 Million Gallons of Water in March - April 9, 2014

Thanks to the Department of Recreation and Parks' conservation efforts, 87 million gallons of water were saved during last month's rain. Click here.

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.

Griffith Park Nature Conservancy - March 3, 2014

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. 

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.