Grand Hope Park

History

The information below comes from a Community Redevelopment Agency memo dated February 5, 1992. The memo comes from the Inventory of Public Sculpture in Los Angeles files, located at the Architecture and Fine Arts Library, University of Southern California.
City and CRA Officials Break Ground for Grand Hope Park, First New Major Park in Downtown Los Angeles Since 1870

Emphasizing their confidence in the ongoing revitalization of Downtown Los Angeles, Mayor Tom Bradley, Councilwoman Rita Walters and Chairman Jim Wood of the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) today joined downtown civic leaders for the ground breaking of Grand Hope Park - first new major park in Downtown Los Angeles in more than a century....

The Park will be the first major public park to be built in Downtown Los Angeles since the opening in 1870 of Central Park later renamed Pershing Square following World War I....

The CRA is providing $3 million to fund the construction of the 2.5-acre park featuring decorative sidewalks, two fountains, a clock tower, pergolas and a children's play area. Completion of the park is scheduled for November 1992....

Renowned architect Lawrence Halprin designed the park which will feature his clock tower and fountain designs and the work of several visual artists who will contribute various elements to the park.

Paul Guererro is creating the Hope Street Fountain, the decorative stenciling for park pergolas and the design and fabrication of ceramic tile wall with depictions of giant ants for the children's play area; Gwynn Murrill will design and fabricate cast bronze animals to be placed atop park pergolas; Lita Albuquerque will design the water sources for the main fountain.

To heighten the clock tower's aesthetic impact, the CRA commissioned four individuals to compose music to mark each hour of the day. Compositions by John Carter, Michael McNabb, Ushio Torikai will be arranged by Carl Stone.

Construction work, awarded to MSH Constructors Inc. of Pasadena, will be completed by Fall 1992.

Grand Hope Park will anchor the south end of a six block stretch of Hope Street which soon will provide a pedestrian link from Olympic Boulevard on the south to the Los Angeles Central Public Library on the north. The Hope Street Promenade will be a pedestrian-oriented linear park along Hope Street which will feature 30-foot wide sidewalks with landscaping and new trees.


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