The LA State Historic Park
The Los Angeles State Historic Park has recently undergone something of a makeover. Though the area on which the park now stands was once a dilapidated field, it has finally, after years of work, been transformed and a testament to the city's history. If you're ready to hop over to Chinatown (where the park is located) from your downtown LA apartment, there are plenty of ways in which you can enjoy the park in its new glory. Here's your guide to making the most of the new and improved Los Angeles State Historic Park.
Take A Walk Through The Park
The LA Times recently published a great article, adding the Los Angeles State Historic Park to their list of favorite walks in the city. In it, they detail one of the best ways to walk the park's exterior, along with a handy map outlining the trail. Their path will take you over the old cobblestone paving, past some of the old LA pipelines, across the park bridge, and well within a great view of the downtown area buildings.
Admittedly, it's an excellent way to traverse the park—the walk is just over a mile, but it's hardly difficult, and should keep you busy for close to an hour. It's far from the only way to walk the park, though. LASHP covers some 32-acres, so there's plenty of space within the park's interior for you to explore as well. Even if you just want to stick to the pathways, you don't strictly have to do it on foot. You could bring your skateboard, bike, or pick up the pace and bring your dog along for the fun too (as long as they're on a leash).
Check Out The Wildlife
In addition to beautifying the area, the transformation of the park also altered the local environment to a degree. According the website iNaturalist, many new species have entered the park since its reopening, and during your visit, you might be able to catch a glimpse of various flora and fauna. Here's a brief listing of some of what the park now has to offer:
Coffeeberry: Once known as "Rhamnus Californica," but now classified as "Frangula Californica," the Coffeeberry is a flowering buckthorn plant that produces greenish petals and a juicy fruit that will appear green black or red. Though you could, theoretically, turn the berries into a tasty jam, it's advisable that you not pick any of the fruit from the plants you see in the park.
San Diego County Viguiera: The "Bahiopsis Laciniata," or Sand Diego County Sunflower, is a desert plant known to inhabit mountains and other dry ecosystems. This hearty shrub can reach over three feet in height, with beautiful yellow flowers almost an inch in length. The plant also produces a small fruit known as an achene.
Amber Snail: It might take you a few tries to pronounce this tiny animal's scientific name, "Novisuccinea Chittenangoensis." Visual identification of the small snail, however, should come much easier, as its pale, translucent shell is unmistakable. This animal is threatened, meaning its lower numbers put it at risk of becoming extinct, so take care not to accidentally step on any of the little guys.
Greenhouse Millipede: There are several centipede and millipede species in the park, but the "Oxidus Gracilis," the Greenhouse Millipede, might be the most distinct. Though they are believed to be native to the islands of Japan, they have found success the world over. You'll be able to recognize them by their brown coloration and the transverse grooves that run along the dorsal section of their bodies.
Do Some Filming Or Photography
The park allows for filming and photography pertaining to commercial, student, and special projects, so long as you contact the Special Event & Film Coordinator beforehand. There might be some fees involved, but so long as you fulfill the requirements set out by the park, you'll be able to use the park as a backdrop to attain whatever artistic vision you've got cooking up in your mind.
If you need some inspiration, you need only look to what the Interpretive Media Laboratory is up to. This partnership between the California Department Of Parks & Recreation and the UCLA Center For Research In Engineering, Media, And Performance aims to "research, develop and maintain innovative interpretive approaches for the new Los Angeles State Historic Park." You can check out their work here.
Attend An Event
The park is home to many events that bring in visitors from far and wide. The grand re-opening of the park was packed with performances from talented musicians, and there's a section of the park dedicated specifically to holding exemplary performances. They also have a range of "interpretive programs" and public events held regularly. You can learn about these by giving the park a call or visiting their Facebook Page. Outdoor movies, meditation groups, craft fairs, and more are just some of what they have in the upcoming schedule.
A great way to enjoy the wonders of the park and help preserve its luster at the same time is volunteering. The park needs volunteers to assist with their programs and events, and you'll be able to gain further insights working shoulder to shoulder with the dedicated park staff and park rangers. It's a unique experience that will enrich both parties, and you can learn more by contacting the park directly.
Become A Downtown LA Apartments Resident
Of course, you'll be better able to enjoy the park if you have a place to call your own nearby. Atelier, the place "where art & culture meet," provides the perfect spot. This modern apartment complex stands 33-stories high, providing stunning, 360° degree views of the city, along with plenty else for residents to enjoy. Varied floorplans offer something for every lifestyle and all the space you'll need to spread out. Fashionable amenities grant a superior level of convenience, and in-unit features ensure that you'll be able to live the upscale apartment life you've always dreamed of. Explore all that Atelier has, and see why it's considered one of the most desirable and relaxing locations in the city.