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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Re-Opening Lazy J. Park Playground - July 15, 2015

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!

Grand Opening of Carlton Park - July 10, 2015

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!

Pershing Square Summer Concert Series - July 9, 2015

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. 

Youth Swim Free Day - July 8, 2015

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. 

Spheres at MacArthur Park - July 7, 2015

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 Pass - July 2, 2015

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!!!

Lotus Festival - July 2, 2015

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. 

4th of July Events - July 2, 2015

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.

MacArthur Park Free Concerts - May 29, 2015

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.

Summer Night Lights - May 29, 2015

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.

LA Riverfront Events - May 28, 2015

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!

Swim Season Kick-Off 2015 - May 28, 2015

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! 

York & Avenue 50 Park Grand Opening - Feb. 23, 2015


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. 


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!


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. 

Hazard Recreation Center - Feb. 20, 2015

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.

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.