DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES -Some big changes could be coming to Pershing Square. Councilman José Huizar, whose 14th District includes the park at 532 S. Olive St., said that officials with Anschutz Entertainment Group have agreed to provide $700,000 in seed money to help “re-envision” the park.
Huizar said the city will put together a task force that will be charged with coming up with potential changes to the much-maligned park. “Everything is on the table,” Huizar said. “If that task force comes back and says we want to scratch the thing and start anew, so be it, or we just want to change a few parts. Everything is on the table.”
There is no timeline yet on the project or details on how the seed money will be used, Huizar said.
The idea was sparked by problems that arose at Pershing Square last year after members of the Occupy L.A. movement made the place their headquarters. Some camped out at the park, prompting complains from stakeholders including merchants at the weekly farmers market, who said they being harassed by members of the group.