Downtown park opens in Grand style

Located in the heart of downtown’s cultural and civic center, Grand Park, a new 12-acre recreational area officially has opened. The new park includes expansive lawns, nearly 140 different species of drought-tolerant plants, pedestrian-friendly walkways, more than 300 trees, a performance lawn and stage, and a dog run. The eye-catching focal point of the park, however, is the newly renovated Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain and splash pad. Children seeking to escape the summer heat already have taken advantage of the pad’s cooling waters, and evening visitors now watch water shows synchronized to colored lights.

Grand Park was financed without taxpayer money. Related Companies, the developer, provided $50 million to construct the park as part of a now-stalled private, retail, commercial, and residential development project in the Civic Center.

When the final portion of Grand Park, which extends from Hill to Spring Street, opens this Fall, the park will span four city blocks and stretch from the Music Center to City Hall, serving as a cultural oasis for festivals, community events and theater and musical performances.

To learn more about Grand Park click here or call (213) 972-8080.