Pershing Square, one of Los Angeles’ oldest parks, may be getting a makeover.

The other week the LA Times wrote an article on the Task Force out of CD 14 to get the ball rolling on a Pershing Square redesign.

Councilman Jose Huizar on Tuesday named 20 business representatives, property owners, and architectural and design experts to a task force to seek money and legislation to redesign the benighted square in the heart of downtown.

Task force members include Brian Glodney of Gensler architects; Melani Smith of Melendrez Design Partners; and Gail Goldberg, the city of Los Angeles’ former director of planning. At a news conference, Gensler architects presented a conceptual redesign of the square they prepared for the city on a voluntary basis.

Becky Dennison of Community Action Network protested that low-income and homeless people, the major users of the park since a 1994 redesign that was widely considered a failure, were shut out of the task force.

The membership “is entirely slanted toward the business and development community without any voice … for low-income people who have historically used the park for decades.” Huizar’s office was not immediately available to respond.

Other members include Carol Schatz of the Central City Assn.; Blair Besten of the Historic Downtown Business Improvement District; Peklar Pilavjian of St. Vincent’s Jewelry Center; and Karen Hathaway of the L.A. Athletic Club.

Response to Query on Sponsorship of Pershing Square Concerts & Reserved Seating

The other month I wrote an email to the Parks & Rec Commissioners about my concern with sponsorship of the Pershing Square Concerts in connection with reserved seating for the events.

This is the Facebook post which caused my concern.

from: Richard Schave <schavester@gmail.com>
to: RAP Commissioners <RAP.COMMISSIONERS@lacity.org>
date: Mon, Jun 10, 2013 at 7:14 PM
subject: sponsorship of Pershing Square Summer Concerts
mailed-by: gmail.com

Dear RAP Commissioners & RAP GM:

I am writing to express my concern about the “sponsorship” of the
Pershing Square Concert series, which is basically creating reserved
seating for the first ten rows. I was under the impression that the
series was free to the public. So the creation of reserved seating
confuses me.

Here is a URL for future reference:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/pershing-square-downtown-los-angeles/season-passes-to-downtown-stage-summer-concert-series/363127807142797

Cheers

Richard

 

And I got a reply from Parks & Rec end of the end of last month,

 

BOARD OF RECREATION AND DEPARTMENT OF
PARK COMMISSIONERS CITY OF L0S ANGELES RECREATION AND PARKS

August 22, 2013

Mr. Richard Schauve Via e-mail: schavester gmaiL.com

Dear Mr. Schauve:
Thank you for your e-mail regarding the “Downtown Summer Concert Series” at Pershing Square. For the last 15 years, Pershing Square has offered free outdoor concerts to the downtown community. Due to the dedicated work of the Pershing Square staff and the Pershing Square Park Advisory Board this event has grown in popularity. Popular bands and great entertainment is also a result of support from local community sponsorship. Seats at the front are included as part of the sponsorship package. it is through their generosity that these concerts remain free to the public.
For any additional questions, please feel free to contact Recreation Supervisor Annamaria Galbraith-Stewart at (213) 485-1310.

Sincerely,

JON KIRK MUKRI

GENERAL MANAGER

KEVIN W. REGAN ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER

Operations Branch

cc: WA 13912
Board Communication N0. 6842
Metro Region HQ
Annamaria Gaibraith—Stewart, Metro Region

The link to the PDF of the reply letter.