Walking On Air

By "capping" US 101 – the Hollywood Freeway, as it winds through the heart of Hollywood, this 44-acre street level urban park allows us to rethink and reimagine our physical environment. The park will re-define our relationship to each other by re-uniting communities separated for more than 50 years by the Hollywood Freeway.

The Hollywood Central Park is a landmark infrastructure project that will create more than 40,000 direct and indirect jobs over 10 years, provide economic stimulus and long term economic security, provide healthy communities and provide children with open green space in which to grow and thrive.

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 50 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

Makes long-needed ramp improvements

Streamlines freeway functioning

Improves freeway overpasses

 

More than 500 guests gathered on January 9, 2014 at the incomparable Taglyan Center to support the Friends of the Hollywood Central Park’s fifth annual For Love of Hollywood Gala. Culture Clash founder and FHCP champion Richard Montoya hosted the spectacular evening and kept the audience amused with Hollywood anecdotes and personal stories.
Santa Monica Boulevard Bridge at the Hollywood Freeway
On October 12th 2013, members of the FHCP Board of Directors took a walking tour along the edges of the Hollywood Freeway to imagine the proposed park winding its way through busy streets and neighborhoods and the positive impact the Park will have on our community.
On August 13th and 14th a ten person delegation representing the Friends of the Hollywood Central Park (FHCP) traveled to Sacramento for its first advocacy trip to the State Capitol.
In 2011, then Council Member Eric Garcetti initiated Los Angeles Neighborhood Dreams (LAND). Neighborhood steering committees were charged with creating small projects that would address issues of concern and would provide a healing effect on their respective neighborhoods.