Los Angeles County’s Grand Park celebrates 10 years as a park for everyone
Los Angeles County’s wildly popular Grand Park, powered by The Music Center, will celebrate its 10th anniversary as a park for everyone with a series of iconic events taking place from July through October 2022, culminating in a multifaceted celebration of the 10th weekend birthday.
When the first two blocks of the 12-acre park opened on July 26, 2012, Grand Park immediately transformed an underutilized, neglected and unfamiliar property plagued by grade changes, lack of visibility from the street and at ramps to garage in Los Angeles Central Gathering Space. Today, more than one million Angelenos visit the park each year to enjoy its multiple lawns, gardens and stages and experience cultural, community and civic events, festivals, holiday celebrations, health activities and outdoor wellness and more. The park‘s third and fourth blocks opened on October 6, 2012, completing a 12-year planning process.
Originally conceived as a vibrant cultural and global hub, Grand Park has evolved into an authentic space that demonstrates what it means to be a reflection of one of the most diverse, dynamic and complex counties in the country. Over the past 10 years, that vision has become a reality, with the park honoring the creativity of Angelenos through its free, year-round programming rooted in hometown pride.
Throughout its 10-year history, Grand Park has partnered with more than 250 county and community partners and more than 1,000 artists spanning a wide range of genres, from dance to music to visual arts and more, from poet Amanda Gorman to musical comedy. artist Aloe Blacc, creating experiences that support the multiplicity of voices throughout LA County. These partners bring their rich experiences and perspectives to create a tapestry in the park that is unique. LA Grand Park has become a leader among America’s urban parks, using arts and cultural programming as a tool for equity and building bridges for social change. Park programming is often co-produced and co-created with local artists and community partners from across Los Angeles County, bringing their voices to the forefront of this prominent public space and creating a powerful platform for the empowerment, joy and well-being. The park is a great example of how arts and culture can play a vital role in connecting people in public green spaces through accessible programs and experiences that honor, reflect and celebrate art, culture and the aesthetics of their communities.
“Grand Park nurtures a sense of place in a complex and ever-changing world,” said Rachel S. Moore, President and CEO of The Music Center. “Whether we want a place to celebrate, learn, create, rest, reflect or exercise, Grand Park offers us all a welcome respite from the daily hustle and bustle. It’s a beautiful green oasis that contributes to the physical, psychological and social well-being of every person in Los Angeles.We are honored to be the county’s partner in the programming and operation of a beautiful open space that has transformed downtown Los Angeles. Angeles and touched millions of lives and communities across LA”
Over the next five months, Grand Park will host a number of free events including the Grand Park 4th of July Block Party, B-Boy Summit, Grand Park Sunday Sessions, DTLA Proud, Downtown Día de los Muertos de Grand Park and NYELA de Grand Park, each of which will mark the anniversary. The anniversary celebration will culminate on Saturday October 8 with a free evening concert open to the public and a family fun day the following day on Sunday October 9.
Additionally, Grand Park will launch Grand Park’s Uncovering LA initiative, a 10-year project focused on the development of an interpretive trail and outdoor storytelling gallery. The trail will amplify the historical and cultural connections that many diverse communities have with the park, but whose stories are not currently visible or obvious to park visitors. Inspired by advocacy, with a vision led by the Indigenous communities of Los Angeles on which Grand Park sits, this community project will make Grand Park an even more inclusive and accessible urban space that illuminates the past, present and future. The trail will launch in October with temporary art installations to be added in 2023, beginning with projects that unveil Indigenous stewardship of the Grand Park site.
“Grand Park is an expression of appreciation and gratitude for all, including those who were the first stewards of the land and the many who have had close ties to the site of Grand Park,” said Julia Diamond, Director of Grand Park. “Created by and with members of Los Angeles’ Indigenous and other ethnic, creative and cultural communities, Grand Park’s Uncovering LA initiative will result in essential park amenities that will serve as a reminder to all visitors of the origins and stories from this land. It provides a community-led platform for learning, connection and healing.”
For nearly a decade, Grand Park has brought transformative energy and vitality to the Los Angeles Civic Center, an area that for many years was reserved primarily for civic and private businesses. This paved the way for future developments like The Broad, The Grand, the future Colburn Center and the flourishing of Los Angeles’ main cultural corridor along Grand Avenue. Grand Park is also a unique, vital, and visible safe space where Angelenos can come together peacefully to support social change and greater awareness, whether through organic community events such as the Women’s March or community events. Grand Park official events such as the Downtown Día de Grand Park. the Mutos. The park is programmed and operated by The Music Center, which has a 30-year operating agreement with Los Angeles County through 2051 to serve in this capacity.
Grand Park has been recognized as a leader among America’s urban parks, using arts and culture programming as a tool for equity and bridge building. For many years to come, Grand Park will continue to serve Los Angeles County and its communities and ensure that the well-being of every person in Los Angeles comes first through stewardship of its green spaces and inspiring of its programming.
About the Grand Parc
A vibrant outdoor gathering place, Grand Park is a beautiful public park for the entire Los Angeles County community. With expansive green spaces for gatherings large and small, Grand Park celebrates the cultural vitality of the county and hosts community events, cultural experiences, holiday celebrations and many other activities that engage and attract visitors from all communities. The 12-acre Grand Park stretches from the Music Center in the west to City Hall in the east and is easily accessible by subway via the B/D (formerly Red/Purple) line to the Civic Center/Grand Park station. The park was named one of the American Planning Association’s 10 “great public spaces” in the United States in 2013. Working closely with the county, the Music Center is responsible for all operations and programming of the Park. For more information, visit grandparkla.org. Follow Grand Park on Instagram, Twitter, Twitch, TikTok, Spotify and Mixcloud (@grandpark_la) as well as YouTube and Facebook (@grandparkLosAngeles).
About the Music Center
The Music Center brings together artists, communities and ideas with the goal of deepening the cultural life of every resident of Los Angeles County. The $70 million nonprofit performing arts organization has two divisions: TMC Arts and TMC Ops. TMC Arts, the Music Center’s programming engine, offers year-round programming inside the Music Center’s four theaters on Jerry Moss Plaza outside of Grand Park – an adjacent 12-acre green space – in schools and other locations throughout Los Angeles County and on a digital platform called The Offstage Music Center. TMC Arts presents world-class dance with Glorya Kaufman presents dance at the Music Center, free and low-cost concerts and public events, as well as live and digital K-12 arts education programs, workshops, performances, interactive experiences, and special events. TMC Ops manages the theaters, Plaza and Grand Park, which represent $2 billion in county assets, on behalf of Los Angeles County. The Music Center is also home to four renowned resident companies – Center Theater Group, Los Angeles Master Chorale, LA Opera and LA Phil. For more information, visit musiccenter.org. Follow The Music Center on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @MusicCenterLA.