City Begins EIR for Hollywood Central Park

The City of Los Angeles and Friends of the Hollywood Central Park announced the start of the environmental review process for the proposed Hollywood Central Park. The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks will host the scoping session on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 in the Quad at STEM Academy @ Bernstein, 1309 Wilton Pl., Hollywood, 10 AM-12 PM.

For environmental review purposes, the project contains two major components. The first is the usable area and facilities within the park. The second component is the engineered deck above the Hollywood Freeway and the supporting infrastructure. The draft EIR will examine a host of possible issue areas, including aesthetics, air quality, cultural resources, geology and soils, greenhouse gas emissions, hazards and hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, land use and planning, noise, population and housing, public services, transportation and circulation, and utilities.

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Sometimes, the only realists are the dreamers.
– Paul Wellstone

Facts and Benefits

The Facts

More than 180,000 people, including 40,000 children live within just one mile of the proposed park

Hollywood has 0.005 acres of open space per resident as compared to 0.012 acres of open space within the City of Los Angeles and is one of the lowest resident-to-park space communities in California

Two-thirds of children in Los Angeles do not live near a park, playground, or other safe place to play. By comparison, New York City’s parks are much more equitably distributed with more than 91 percent of its children living within walking distance of a park

The median income for this one-mile area is $23,481—nearly half the region’s median income level. In addition, 75.2 percent of this one square-mile population is non-white minorities with 53.3 percent of Hispanic ethnicity

Existing park space is disproportionately concentrated in the region’s wealthy neighborhoods. As a result, Latino, African-American, and Asian Pacific Islander youth are dramatically less likely than their White counterparts to enjoy access to open space, playgrounds, and other exercise facilities

The Benefits

Community

Promotes equity

Provides green open space and recreational facilities to more than 40,000 children

Promotes public health and encourages active lifestyles

Reunites diverse communities and dense neighborhoods, separated for more than 60 years, by the Hollywood Freeway

Provides an exemplary illustration of efficient and innovative alternative land use

Strategies and outcomes serve as a national model for the creation of new green open space in a dense urban environment

 

Economy

Creates more than 40,000 direct and indirect jobs, including 30% entry level and apprenticeship programs and local hire

Provides an economic stimulus for investment in resource efficient infill development

Increases tourism

 

Energy and the Environment

Improves air quality and reduces global warming

Reduces automobile usage and fuel consumption, green house gas emissions and promotes energy efficiency and conservation

Creates a transit oriented development

Utilizes 21st Century cutting-edge environmental technologies

 

Infrastructure Improvements

Streamlines freeway functioning

Improves freeway overpasses

 

It’s time to celebrate with Friends of the Hollywood Central Park! Our For the Love of Hollywood gala event will be held on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at the Hollywood Palladium 6215 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.
On September 6th the City of Los Angeles hosted the all-important scoping meeting for the Hollywood Central Park.
FHCP’s second annual Sacramento Advocacy trip included delegates from the FHCP Board of Directors, community leaders and business owners who traveled to Sacramento to brief legislators and agencies on the Park’s progress and to learn what legislation might be applicable to the Park.
On March 20th, a delegation of FHCP Board members, community members andbusiness and property owners participated in the Friends of the Hollywood Central Park’s Annual Advocacy Trip to Washington, D.C. This year’s trip included a 2-day stop in Chicago to learn the ins and outs of Millennium Park and a 2-day stop in New York City to tour the renowned Highline. Clearly, parks are an economic engine for the local economy!