This year, the Los Angeles Parks Foundation contribution to the Senior Citizens Section of the City of Los Angeles, Recreation and Parks Department, and the Los Angeles Federation of Senior Citizen Clubs resulted in a fabulous event. With a "Let the Good Times Roll" theme, staff were able to provide a wonderful Mardi Gras venue for over 240 seniors and numerous family guests, totaling roughly 400 people in attendance. The Los Angeles Parks Foundation is proud to sponsor this annual get together.
Since 2010, LAPF has awarded funding for holiday festivities to underserved parks in Los Angeles. To date, over 80 parks have been recipients of the Holiday in the Parks Grants. The 2015 awardees are:
- Central Park Recreation Center
- Chevy Chase Recreation Center
- Downey Recreation Center
- Glassell Park Recreation Center
- Hoover Recreation Center
- Imperial Courts Recreational Center
- LaFayette Recreation Center
- Lake Street Recreation Center
- Las Palmas Senior Center
- Lincoln Park Recreation Center
- Lou Costello Recreation Center
- Mt. Carmel Recreation Center
- North Hollywood Recreation Center
- Pecan Recreation Center
- Rosecrans Recreation Center
- Rose Hill Recreation Center
- Shatto Recreation Center
- South Park Recreation Center
- Toberman Recreation Center
- Wabash Recreation Center
- Yucca Recreation Center
LAPF partnered with the LA84 Foundation and the Department of Recreation and Parks in the renovation of the Ferraro Fields in Griffith Park. The project replaced all seven soccer fields with synthetic turf and added new and updated amenities throughout the complex. With the refurbishment, 9.5 million gallons of water will be saved per year, and facility usage will increase from 7,360 youth to 170,960. The 4 youth fields were celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 31, 2015, and were opened for permitted play on November 7th. For permitting, please call the Municipal Sports Office at (818) 246-5613.
LAPF is pleased to announce the completion of the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Overlook in Griffith Park. LAPF received a grant in the amount of $100,000 from Tiffany & Co. Foundation for the maintenance and preservation of the overlook for an estimated term of 20 years.
For the 4th year in a row, LAPF is pleased to be sponsoring the 90+ Luncheon. Hosted by the Friendship Auditorium in Griffith Park, the event celebrates nonagearian Angelenos with a luncheon, gifts and entertainment. In years past, the 90+ Luncheon has had more than 350 attendees from over 30 senior centers throughout the city.
The Friends of West LA provided a donation to Palms Park for the installation of a new outdoor fitness zone. An informational sign along with five fitness pieces were installed: one wheelchair-accessible chest press machine, a pendulum ab and dip station, lat pull and vertical press combo, leg press, and an elliptical cross trainer. Up to 13 people can get in a workout at any given time. Outdoor fitness zones have become very popular across the City because of their convenience, and many park goers use the outdoor fitness equipment for their daily exercise and rely on them to meet their fitness goals. The ribbon cutting ceremony took place September 21st, 2015, with Councilmember Koretz.
In 2015, the Natasha Watley League was created in partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, the Natasha Watley Foundation, and a grant from ESPN through NRPA. The girls received uniforms, trophies, the opportunity to compete in the 4 Points of the Diamond program, and to work and mentor with college women athletes.
Thanks to a generous donation by Pulte Homes, Lazy J. Park has been refurbished with two brand new playgrounds for ages 2-5 and 5-12, and resilient rubber surfacing. The play area previously sat in a sand pit, which posed health and safety risks. Construction took place during June and July 2015 and a ribbon cutting event was held on August 7th, with Councilmember Englander conducting the ceremony.
As an adopted park through the Los Angeles Parks Foundation's Adopt-A-Park program, Stoner Recreation Center's multi-purpose field, which serves several local schools, was re-seeded with all new grass. The field opened for play at the end of August.
Seoul International Park has been adopted by long time LAPF supporter, Wells Fargo. Thanks to their generosity, the park now has outdoor fitness equipment. The facility is in a densely populated area and the new equipment will provide busy city dwellers a place to get in some daily cardio.
The Archer School for Girls adopted Barrington Park in 2014. The funds assisted in the refurbishment of the tennis courts, which included better fencing, new windscreens and more direct access to courts.
Thanks to a very active fundraising campaign, the gym floors at Rustic Canyon Recreation Center have been refurbished. The community has been very enthusiastic about LAPF's Friends of the Parks Program, and as a result, several improvements have been made possible at Rustic Canyon Recreation Center. The annual fundraiser, Rustic Nights, took place in June and was a great success.
On May 10, LAPF joined City Councilmember Mitch Englander and the Department of Recreation and Parks for the opening of two all access playspaces and a splash pad at Mason Recreation Center. As you can imagine in this heat, everyone couldn't wait to get in the water! LAPF thanks First 5LA for making the renovations possible through a generous grant.
LAPF was a recipient of the UrbanLIFT Community Grant Program through Wells Fargo, and these funds went toward the construction of York & Avenue 50 Park which is part of the 50 Parks Initiative. The York & Avenue 50 Park is now open and was built on a former vacant lot.
On December 21, Howard Finn Park Playground opened to the publc. The play equipment was outdated and through a grant from First 5 LA was upgraded for inclusive play. LAPF's partners from Shane's Inspiration and First 5 LA spoke at the ceremony and Councilmember Felipe Fuentes of the Los Angeles City Council Seventh District was on hand to cut the ribbon.
The Port of Los Angeles recently awarded The Department of Recreation and Parks funds to support the Harbor Community Cabrillo Beach Pier Fishing Program. The program gives children the opportunity to learn about marine life within a natural setting.
LAPF (in partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks) has completed improvements at Woodbine Park. The neighborhood council and the office of Councilmember Koretz of the 5th district have been instrumental in the refurbishment of the playground and the resurfacing and renovation of the basketball court. The Grand Opening of the park playground will be February 20 at 10 a.m.
Through the generosity of the Diller von Furstenberg Family Foundation LAPF has completed Phase III of a city wide effort to refurbish outdoor basketball courts in disrepair. LA Parks Foundation resurfaced and renovated 20 courts before the end of 2013. Pictured above are Phase III parks 109th Street before and after, as well as an after shot of Yosemite Recreation Center.
Andres & Maria Cardenas Recreation Center has been adopted by Wells Fargo. The center is heavily used and has a large number of children in park programs. Due to the usage and the age demographic, the adoption funds are focused on supporting safe and optimal play spaces. The Foundation has removed spiky trees from the back gated play area, added a fence between the playground and parking lot and purchased outdoor play equipment, among other improvements.
76th Street Park
Mar Vista Park Adoption
Rustic Canyon Tennis Court Windscreens
Rustic Canyon Tennis Court Resurfacing
Watts Cluster Education Program
Hoover Park Improvements
Korean Friendship Bell
Wabash Park Adoption
Westchester Skate Park
Holiday in the Parks 2012
Venice Beach Basketball Courts
All Access Sports Field
Denker Recreation Center Adoption
Banning Recreation Center Adoption
Cheviot Hills Basketball Courts
Queen Anne Dug Out Benches
Laurel Canyon Dog Park Shade Structures
Venice Boardwalk Muscle Beach Bleachers
Pedlow Skate Park Shade Structures
Augustus Hawkins Natural Park Adoption
Barrington Recreation Center Refurbishments
Crestwood Hills Adoption
Westwood Recreation Center
Pershing Square Downtown Ice Rink
Mounted Patrol- Griffith Park
Bark for a Cure
109th Street Pool