Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision.
– Cecil Beaton

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For years it may have seemed little more than a dream: a 44-acre expanse of green, public space covering a mile of the congested 101 Freeway as it chugs through the heart of Hollywood.
David Carrera is a general pain-in-the-ass and cranky pants resident of Hollywood of 30 years. Originally from Northern California, Hollywood is now home where he lives with his wife and where they are raising their daughter. Much to the chagrin of his wife, Hollywood might be the place where he grows old and perfects the art of “you kids get off my lawn” and “back in my day….”. He most enjoys spending his time hanging with his family and getting out into nature.
Anthony-Paul (AP) Diaz is the Executive Officer and Chief of Staff for the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks (RAP). He is responsible for helping to manage and oversee all day to day operations of the Department, while assisting in all governance and leadership matters related to the Park's Commission, City Council, City Attorney and Mayor's Offices.
It is with a heavy heart that I join my FHCP Board colleagues in grieving the loss of our founding Board Member Edward V. Hunt. FHCP was founded because of Edward Hunt’s desire to create more green open space in Hollywood. And his idea? Cover the Hollywood Freeway with a Park! Edward was relentless in his passion to rid our community of scar that the Hollywood Freeway is on our landscape.
Thank you to every Friend of the Hollywood Central Park who supported and celebrated For the Love of Hollywood Gala on January 16, 2020. For those who missed it or for those of you who can’t get enough, here is a recap of that magical evening.
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.

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