The Friends of the Hollywood Central Park organization is one step closer to making a 44-acre park atop the Hollywood Freeway a reality. A $1.2 million gift from the Aileen Getty Foundation is providing the gap financing need to fund the project’s Environmental Impact Report (EIR). Earlier this year, the organization secured $825,000 in funding from the City, leaving a funding gap of $1.2 million to complete the $2 million EIR. The foundation elected to provide the gap funding, with Aileen Getty noting that the “Hollywood Central Park is about building community and celebrating our commonality in a natural environment.”
The park would sit above the 101 Freeway between Bronson Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard. It would serve a densely populated and park poor segment of the city. The idea for the park has been around for over two decades, but gained renewed momentum after a 2008 SCAG (Southern California Association of Governments) report [PDF] crafted a blueprint for the park at the urging of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
The EIR is one of the first big steps to making the park a reality. For more information, check out the Friends of the Hollywood Central Park’s website.