A Los Angeles treasure is about to see some significant improvements.
Barnsdall Park, a popular City-owned facility located near Vermont Ave and Hollywood Blvd, is home to a world-class art gallery and the famed Frank Lloyd Wright designed Hollyhock House. This public space is a gem in LA, and we must do whatever we can to preserve its cultural and historical significance in our great city.
I have heard from park stakeholders about the need to make improvements to certain areas of the facility, and my staff has worked on a plan over the last few months that will improve the visitor experience. Here’s the latest:
My staff has been in constant communication with stakeholders and met with them on multiple occasions. They identified several areas of concern: increased homelessness and graffiti, the need for enhanced security, and general beautification and clean up efforts.
In partnership with the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation, my office is looking into funding several projects that will address each of these concerns, including added security measures and revitalization of currently segregated areas such as Schindler’s Terrace.
We are currently preparing for the re-opening of the Hollyhock House. The facility underwent $4 million in upgrades. The former garage is being converted into a bookstore, and the motor court will be restored next year. I am working on hosting a grand re-opening in the coming months.
As chair of the City’s Arts, Parks, Health, Aging, and the Los Angeles River Committee, I understand the importance of celebrating the cultural and historic places in our City that unite us as Angelenos. I want to see this gem preserved and protected, and I am focused on bringing Barnsdall back to its intended grandeur. I look forward to the improvements mentioned here, as well as the opening of the Hollyhock House later this year.
-Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell
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