October 30, 2012 1 Comment
I reviewed the first section of Grand Park back when it opened this summer, but now the whole park is finally open. It’s been a few weeks and I’ve been able to spend some evenings and afternoons at Grand Park — relaxing, reading, or sitting in the shade and talking on the phone. I have also attended some of the programmed events at the park (Dance Downtown, CicLAvia…).
I thought it was about time to review the park again with some of my new thoughts now that it’s completely open.
First of all, I love Grand Park. I think it’s a great civic space, as well as a wonderful amenity for those (like myself) who live nearby. I know that a lack of grass was a common complaint with the first section, but the opening of the third section has effectively assuaged my fears there. I realize the court of flags is mostly concrete, but it’s still a neat area to walk around, and I’ve been able to find my own little shady spot to sit on the grass on multiple occasions. It’s sort of the pass-through area between the other ends of the park (anchored by the large event lawn on one end and fountain on the other), but I think it also serves as a more calm and private section of the park for those wanting to stake out a little spot and relax. The flags are a cool civic monument–something Los Angeles often seems to lack compared to other cities.
Also, I’m just dying to have a huge neighborhood dinner party on the large wooden table (which I think might actually be an exhaust vent for below, but I’m not sure).
The three sections of the park make a very effective whole when put together, but they’re still clearly split into three disjointed sections, which brings me to my three suggestions:
• Connect the Sections
• Open the City Hall Spring Street Entrance
• Don’t Overprogram the Space
Read on for explanations of each… Read more of this post