Los Angeles State Historic Park to Close for a Year in 2014

Los Angeles State Historic Park

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – Things could be a lot quieter at Los Angeles State Historic Park in 2014.

The park on the edge of Chinatown still known to many as the Cornfield is expected to close next January as part of an $18 million effort to renovate the 32-acre facility, said Sean Woods, a California State Parks superintendent. The facility on the edge of Chinatown would remain shuttered for a year.

Funding for the project was included in this year’s state budget, and it will go before the State Senate Budget Committee in mid-May. If approved, the project will go out to bid in September. Construction would start in January, when the park would be closed to the public, Woods said.

The park has become a busy summer concert venue, with events that lure thousands of music fans. Popular attractions include Hard Summer,  the FYF Fest and H2O Fest. In March the park hosted a two-day show by electronic dance music act Swedish House Mafia that drew a total of 60,000 people.

The park hosts dozens of other events such as a craft fair, and is a popular destination for joggers. Woods said he expects many of the same events to return in 2015.

The plans call for adding a welcome pavilion, a promenade for a farmers market, an amphitheater, wetlands areas and infrastructure improvements such as permanent restrooms. 

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