To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
– Anatole France

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Since freeways began slicing through cities in the United States more than 75 years ago, they have carved deep and lasting lines of separation through countless communities. Many of these communities —located in so-called blighted areas—were made up of people of color who were simply pushed aside by the transportation officials building out the nation’s vast network of interstates and urban freeways. In a somewhat surprising speech in March 2016, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, the nation’s top transportation official, acknowledged this dark history and the mistakes of his predecessors.
Hollywood leaders have a history of dreaming BIG and making things happen that might not happen elsewhere. The Hollywood Sign is a perfect example. Hollywood entrepreneurs put it up on the hillside, and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce rescued it when it was falling down in 1948. It has become the symbol of Southern California.
For the Love of Hollywood was held Jan. 7 at the Taglyan Cultural Center. This year’s honors went to Mike Sullivan, owner of LAcarGUY, Paul Viviano of Children’s Hospital LA, and Paul Hirsh, principal of the STEM Academy at Helen Bernstein High School, for their work to shape the park’s progress and help transform the dream into a reality.
Our annual For the Love of Hollywood Gala celebration is held a few days after the start of the new year, a magical and luminous time period where anything is possible.
From the first moment that it was explained to me, I’ve been a huge fan, and supporter, of The Hollywood Central Park. I mean, what’s not to love?
Triple digit temperatures and a schedule packed with meetings awaited this year’s FHCP Sacramento Advocacy Delegation this past August. Little did we know the real heat would come from some of the most successful meetings we have ever encountered during any of our advocacy trips.
FHCP goes to Washington DC because civic engagement is an essential component of our mission. As part of our strategy to create change we must engage the state and federal legislative processes.
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.
The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, which is serving as the lead agency on the project under the California Environmental Quality Act, will host the scoping session on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to noon at the STEM Academy at Helen Bernstein High School, 1309 N. Wilton Place, in the Quad.
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!
Friends of the Hollywood Central Park will once again be visiting State Legislators in our States Capitol this August 18-19, 2014.
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.
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.
Friends of the Hollywood Central Park congratulate Council Member O’Farrell on his election to the Los Angeles City Council. A long-time advocate of the Hollywood Central Park, Council Member O’Farrell will lead the efforts to build the Park within the City family and beyond.
On March 17th, the luck of the Irish was with the 17-member delegation representing the Friends of the Hollywood Central Park as they descended on our nation’s Capitol for their annual trip to advocate on behalf of the Hollywood Central Park.
Friends of the Hollywood Central Park is pleased to announce that FirstCarbon Solutions has been selected to prepare the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and other necessary studies for the groundbreaking and transformative Hollywood Central Park (HCP) project.
Friends of the Hollywood Central Park (FHCP) accepted a $1.2 million gift today from the Aileen Getty Foundation to fund the Environmental Impact Report (EIR). With the Aileen Getty Foundation’s generous donation and the City’s contribution of $825,000 the projected $2 million Environmental Impact Report is now fully funded.
In July, FHCP president, Laurie Goldman attended the City Parks Alliance 2012 International Urban Parks Conference in New York. The action packed conference provided FHCP with fresh insights and new ideas from the wealth of information, networking opportunities and park tours. From original thinking to sustainable innovations to strategic planning and budgets, the Re-Imagining Parks for the 21st Century conference provided FHCP with a larger and deeper platform from which to build the Hollywood Central Park.
Money donated by the Aileen Getty Foundation will help fund the project's environmental impact report. Plans for creating a 44-acre park over the Hollywood Freeway are moving forward "one major step" following the announcement of a substantial donation to the planning process.
Rendering of Hollywood Central Park
Can you imagine a 44-acre park above the 101 freeway from Santa Monica Boulevard to Hollywood Boulevard? The above renderings offer a peek into the plan, and a generous donation today to Friends of the Hollywood Central Park (FHCP) has advanced the project closer to fruition.
Rendering from the Friends of the Hollywood Central Park
Friends of the Hollywood Central Park (FHCP), a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a 44-acre street-level park over the Hollywood Freeway in a densely populated and park-poor area of the city, accepted a $1.2 million gift today from the Aileen Getty Foundation. The donation, combined $825,000  from the city fully funds the park’s environmental study, a study needed before fundraising can truly begin for design and construction.
HOLLYWOOD: Closing today on a positive note: philanthropist Aileen Getty has donated $1.2 million to the effort to cap the 101 freeway in park-poor East Hollywood with a 44-acre green space.