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!
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The Los Angeles Clippers and owner Steve Ballmer are donating $10 million through the Los Angeles Parks Foundation to help the city of Los Angeles renovate nearly 350 basketball courts. The gift will help renovate 108 indoor courts and 236 outdoor courts across the City. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.
"Los Angeles is a city that embraces opportunity - and every kid in this city should have every opportunity to grow up to be the next Lou Williams, or DeAndre Jordan," Ballmer said. "Mayor Garcetti asked if the Clippers would play a role and help give opportunity to kids, and we were happy to step up. We believe every kid should have a shot at the American Dream, and youth sports opportunities can absolutely play a role in that."
Mayor Eric Garcetti said it is important for the city to invest in youth sports activities to help foster good health and leadership skills. "Sports have always been an incredible vehicle for social change, and this gift is an extraordinary investment in our children and communities," Garcetti said. "The Ballmers and the Clippers organization reflect the best of Los Angeles, and I'm grateful to them for their leadership and generous commitment to our city's future."
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.
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.
The 2017 Griffith Park 5K and Half Marathon was on Sunday, January 29, 2017 and was a great success!
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.