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Long-awaited downtown L.A. park will open this summer

May 29, 2012 |  4:07 pm

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L.A. County officials announced Tuesday that the park being constructed from Bunker Hill to City Hall will open sometime this summer.

The $56-million park is the first phase of what officials hope will be a much larger development of new shopping, residential and commercial developments along Grand Avenue near Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Music Center. The park goes from the Music Center down the hill, ending at Spring Street in front of City Hall.

Residents who live downtown have complained for years about a lack of open space and have been eagerly anticipating the new park.

“Grand Park will make our Civic Center bloom,” Supervisor Gloria Molina said in a statement.  “In a sea of concrete, Grand Park will be a welcome urban oasis.  At 12 acres, it is one of the biggest parks in all of Los Angeles."

Officials did not provide a specific opening date for the park, which has been named "Grand Park."

The park was part of a larger project that included a Frank Gehry-designed complex on Grand Avenue. That project has stalled.

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Image: Grand Avenue Park. Credit: County of L.A.

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