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Grand Park

Things to do Downtown Free
4 out of 5 stars
(6user reviews)
 (Photograph: Jake Giles Netter)
Photograph: Jake Giles NetterGrand Park
 (Photograph: Jake Giles Netter)
Photograph: Jake Giles NetterGrand Park
 (Photograph: Jake Giles Netter)
Photograph: Jake Giles NetterGrand Park
 (Photograph: Jake Giles Netter)
Photograph: Jake Giles NetterGrand Park
 (Photograph: Jake Giles Netter)
Photograph: Jake Giles NetterGrand Park
 (Photograph: Jake Giles Netter)
Photograph: Jake Giles NetterGrand Park

The slow, lumbering mission to turn Downtown LA into a vibrant cultural hub got a lift when a portion of Grand Park's 12 acres officially opened to the public in July 2012. Dotted with fountains, picnic lawns, bright pink benches and plenty of nooks from which to sit and people-watch, Grand Park is a bright urban oasis that proves the city has a sense of romance. The park plays host to performances, gatherings and other community events.


Venue name: Grand Park
Address: 210 W Temple St
Los Angeles

Price: Free
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This park has a lot of different events and it has so much potential. It's a great spot to just sit and enjoy the city. I hope more people start hanging out here!

Grand Park is always throwing events that draw big crowds which is fun.  Even if there's nothing happening, it's fun to just take a stroll.


When I was on jury duty a couple of years ago, I walked through Grand Park daily. Whether it was getting some fresh air and coffee during lunch breaks, or passing through the park to get to the juror parking area. Ever since then, when in the neighborhood, I still check out Grand Park because there is always a fun event, exhibit or other activity there. It remains a very vibrant urban oasis that was very much needed in Downtown L.A.

One of my favorite pieces there are the Paper Airplanes - an installation that is innovative, whimsical and functional all at the same time. It will definitely put a smile on anybody's face. These huge structures by artists Elenita Torres and Dean Sherriff  stand out while complementing surrounding architecture and scenery.

In addition to being eye-catching sculptures, they are meant to provide shade in the park, protecting from the sun's UV rays. Even with my night visit, seeing the well lit sculptures added a dream like ambiance to my park visit.

The Paper Airplanes will be on display for about another year and a half. 


Grand Park reminds me a bit of Union Square in SF with its outdoor Starbucks store and patio chair set up next to the fountain. I love the fountain, which is especially good to catch at night when it lights up and changes colors (like the pillars at LAX). The fountain has one section where a light layer of water covers a surface that you can walk on so it literally looks like you are walking on water! Whether you’re running around, just observing, or doing a bit of both, it’s fun to come here and escape the usual hustle and bustle of downtown.


Grand Park is an urban oasis that highlights the best of Downtown LA. It's spacious, with multiple levels so that you can get great views of a few notable surrounds, and the brightly colored tables and chairs make it pop (though they could do away with some of the lime green highlights). There are usually a few big events that happen here each month - art shows, music performances, craft fairs - and as long as it's not horrifically hot, the park is a really enjoyable place to spend an afternoon.