Category Archive: Parks

  1. Bringing Community School Parks to LA Neighborhoods

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    Los Angeles nonprofit, People for Parks, just launched its fundraising campaign to start two new Community School Parks. These neighborhood parks are schoolyards that are opened up to the community as playgrounds and parks when school isn’t in session. To reach its goal of opening two school playgrounds every weekend for one year, People for Parks needs to raise $24,000 in the next 30 days. (more…)

  2. Los Angeles 50 Parks Initiative

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    In 2012, the City of Los Angeles set out to increase green spaces in the city’s park-poor neighborhoods by establishing the 50 parks initiative. A project status document from that year indicates the City was poised to enter partnerships with local organizations to produce 50 neighborhood parks. Three years later, the initiative is making progress toward its original goal, with 29 new parks added.

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  3. New Pedestrian Bridge in the Works for LA River

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    With the first phase of Glendale’s aptly named Riverwalk project complete, designers, planners, and the public are now weighing options for a bike and pedestrian bridge that will span the LA River. The structure will span one of three potential locations in the seven-mile long Glendale Narrows. (more…)

  4. Making Playful Spaces

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    How can we Make Our Urban Experience More Conducive for Play?

    When we design cities, are we paying enough attention to making them fun, playable places? In most cases we aren’t. But it’s time to start thinking about how we can thread opportunities to introduce play as part of the fabric of our built environment and as a fundamental component of our urban areas. (more…)

  5. Hot Time in the City

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    Image from waltarrrrr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/waltarrrrr/7674503538/sizes/l/

    Image from waltarrrrr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/waltarrrrr/7674503538/sizes/l/

    Los Angeles’ stock as a destination for end-of-year celebration is on the rise.  For the recent revelry, LA ranked higher than Miami, New York City and San Francisco in terms of hotel occupancy.  Downtown was especially hopping with a New Year’s Eve bash so popular that food trucks ran out of supplies and hundreds of newcomers were told that the party space was already at capacity(more…)

  6. Crowd-Funding Municipal Projects

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    Crowdfunding

    We wish to congratulate Philadelphia for successfully “crowd-funding” their first municipal project!

    The Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department’s Urban Agriculture Program sought to raise $2,100 within 45 days to to implement a new garden-based education program for local youth.  Although this youth program would be run by the city government, organizers worked with crowd-funding platform Citizinvestor to raise the necessary project funds from people other than their local taxpayers. (more…)

  7. Parklet Update

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    Image from Cynthia Guzman

    Image from Cynthia Guzman

    Los Angeles now has four parklets in place. The photos above were taken by ELP’s own Cynthia Guzman during the official opening for the Spring Street installments earlier this month. The LA sidewalk parks come on the heels of reports from Long Beach that the parklets installed in that city are netting tangible economic benefits for some lucky restaurateurs. In Downtown Los Angeles, the neighborhood council is “mid-stream in conducting [a] Parklet Impact Study,” so expect more hard numbers in a few months. Also, they’re soliciting new ideas for more locations, so email away!

  8. Where are the POPOS?

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    Privately-owned public open spaces are publicly accessible areas that are built and maintained by private developers. Sporting the unfortunate moniker of “POPOS,” these open spaces include plazas, terraces, atriums, and small parks, among others.  Privately-owned public spaces are common to San Francisco’s Downtown, but most spaces are difficult to find unless you’re in the know. To that point, the San Francisco Planning Department has launched a “POPOS Map,” a comprehensive database of spaces open to the public. The map even lets you narrow your POPOS searches by whether or not a space has seating, restrooms or nearby food options. Moreover, just last year, the City approved legislation requiring uniform signage to identify POPOS throughout San Francisco.

  9. LowLine Update

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    We talked about the LowLine’s Kickstarter campaign a few months back and we’ve got some updates to share. First, it looks like the campaign managed to raise enough cash to finance the creation of a small replica of the underground park in an abandoned warehouse. The plan calls for the use of new technologies that’ll help deliver sunlight from above ground to the subterranean park in sufficient quantities to allow for photosynthesis. Check out this CNN video for more details on the project.

  10. The Hollywood Freeway Park is One Step Closer to Reality

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    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.” (more…)