A shady oasis for everyone in Grand Park

Winning submission by parkforeveryone

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County AKA The Music Center/Grand Park

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In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


The Music Center is a world-renowned performing arts center, home to over 1,000 performances a year and year-round free public and community cultural programs across our fully ADA accessible 22-acre campus that includes 12-acre Grand Park.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


Our proposal supports the design/installation of shade structures in highly trafficked central gathering spaces for park events & weekly food truck events (22K DTLA residents & employees a year). Visitors consistently request additional shade particularly for our most vulnerable visitors; children and elders. Adding shade areas will increase capacity and enhance the comfort of the 1MM people who access Grand Park annually to play, enjoy quiet green spaces and attend free events in downtown LA.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


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How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

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How will your proposal improve the following “Play” metrics? (check all that apply)

Access to open space and park facilities

Number of children enrolled in afterschool programs

Per capita crime rates

Percentage of residents that feel safe in their neighborhoods

Attendance at major league sporting events

Residents within 1⁄4 mile of a park (Dream Metric)

Number of residents with easy access to a “vibrant” park (Dream Metric)

Number of parks with intergenerational play opportunities (Dream Metric)

Number (and quality) of informal spaces for play (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to play.


Grand Park is the most popular green space in DTLA to play (1MM visitors per year) and is the first and only-large scale public park in DTLA that combines opportunities for multi-generational play with community well-being through hundreds of culturally diverse and free programs hosted in the park since our opening in 2012. Grand Park is dedicated to creating a safe and enjoyable space for everyone with family-oriented, no-alcohol large-scale events (4th of July, Día de los Muertos, New Year’s Eve) with no major incidents or arrests among crowds as large as 45K people. With 24/7 security, well maintained clean toilets, ample drinking water, a splash-pad for adult and child water play, food and beverage choices, the park is dedicated to offering a safe, clean and comfortable place for LA to play. Grand Park also features a children’s playground specifically designed to stimulate social, motor and cognitive skills through play. Providing children safe places to play is critical in their development and future success. The current lack of permanent shade structures, however, limits the use of some areas of the park. Creating more shade will increase the use of the park; provide UV protection, spaces for performances and exhibitions, and more activities for children and elders. With 2.6MM+ Angelinos living more than 1/4 mile from a park and Latino, African American and Asian Americans less likely to live near parks, Grand Park provides critical access to the 31K residents (US Census) (71% non-white) 500K employees and 10MM tourists that live/work in and visit DTLA. A growing body of research from UCLA, the CDC and the Surgeon General supports a direct correlation between access to parks and physical activity (play) with important psychological and social health benefits: relieves symptoms of depression/anxiety, improves mood and enhances psychological well-being. Parks, gardens and other natural places such as Grand Park make for more livable communities, opportunities for recreation, exercise, stronger social ties and a sense of community and increase social capital bringing diverse communities together to share experiences. Grand Park is a work in progress, constantly responding to the needs of our public, reflected in the evolution of public programs that build on each prior event and improvements made to the physical infrastructure to accommodate the growing audiences that have identified Grand Park as their favorite place to gather and play.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


Grand Park has established a vigorous network, via social media, with park-goers, nearby communities and programming partners. We rely on their constant input to evaluate our programs and services year round and will conduct outreach to survey their response to the new shade structure. We will also evaluate changes (+/-) in park attendance during and after the installation, using prior year data as a control.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

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Will the Shade Structure block Firework displays on the 4th and New Years?

by Chadland
28 days ago

Let's go Grand Park!!!

by mitchellcolley
5 months ago

I love Grand Park and agree the new shade structureswill add much needed shelter for elderly and children. I voted for Grand Park and look forward to a bright future there!

by AnthonyRichardson
5 months ago

We NEED a GRAND Park in Los Angeles that equals NYC' Central Park. Please.

by debrahernandez
5 months ago

Please, we need shade in our park!

by MarkF
5 months ago

I love LA

by Frankhtay60
5 months ago

I like to add more options, why no?

by Irnaquintero222
6 months ago

I really see this space being used more and more by the folks who live and those that visit LA. It is becoming a vital place of the community to meet, talk, think, and dream.

by HectorTheCollector
6 months ago

GPLA is the best thing that has happened to the City of the Angels in decades. It is a hub and central of rest and confort; a place to slow down, reflect and think. Love to see the children play/splash at the fountain in a hot summer day. But we need shade. Natural, kike in trees and also man-made, like canopies. I am all for it. I use the park 2 - 3 times per week. It has become my meeting place with friends thanks to the handy Metro rail station. Perfect.

by brincaycojelo
6 months ago

love gp

by angelatsaigp
6 months ago


by brincaycojelo
6 months ago

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Submission Began
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Submission Ended
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
at 07:00 PM UTC

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Voting Began
Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Voting Ended
Tuesday, November 03, 2015
at 08:00 PM UTC

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A shady oasis for everyone in Grand Park
A shady oasis for everyone in Grand Park

Winner Announced
Tuesday, December 08, 2015