Grand Avenue Civic Park

The $56 million Civic Park that is part of the Grand Avenue Plan is poised to open in June 2012. This image shows a new terraced entrance to the park on the west side of Broadway. 

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – When the expanded and renovated county park re-opens in the Civic Center this summer, the 12-acre site will be known as Grand Park and it will be operated by the same entity that manages the Music Center.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted for the name change today, along with the allocation of $1.5 million in start-up funds to support the newly chosen operator, the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County.

The Performing Arts Center will handle maintenance, operations and, perhaps most importantly, the programing at the park, which includes a new event lawn on a former parking lot across from City Hall.

“We embrace the role with great enthusiasm for what we know will be one of Los Angeles’ most dynamic outdoor destinations,” said Howard Sherman, chief operating officer for the Music Center, in a statement. “The Music Center will ensure that Grand Park is an inclusive environment with a breadth of events and activities that are perfect for an outdoor setting and offer something for everyone to enjoy.”

The $56 million park project was funded by developer Related Cos., which contributed $50 million as part of its city-county contract to build the long-stalled Grand Avenue project. The extra $6 million is from accrued interest.

Construction is scheduled to conclude later this month. Officials had said it would open as early as June, but Supervisor Gloria Molina, who helped negotiate Related’s contribution to the park, is now promising an opening sometime in “summer 2012.” An opening date has not been announced.

Designed by Rios Clementi Hale Studios, the re-tooled park features terraced green space, pathways, an event lawn, additional trees and a small dog run.

The county’s agreement with the Performing Arts Center is for three years.