The famous Los Angeles State Historic Park (LASHP) is a California state park within the Chinatown neighborhood of LA. The former brownfield consists solely of open space between Spring Street and Metro Gold Line tracks, which can be found outside any commercial or residential area in northeast China town near downtown Los Angeles. It was once home to Chinese American farmers who planted wheat in its many meticulous layers, all along with this 32-acre site during colonial times until they were evicted during The Great Depression.
The “Ellis Island of Los Angeles” is considered to be the site where new arrivals from the east first stepped foot on California soil. The 32-acre (13 ha) property was established as a state park in 2001, and it still serves this function today with its Corn leaking out onto trackways giving rise not only for one nickname but two: ‘The corn field’ or simply just plain old ‘the fields.’
The irrigation canal used for centuries to water crops in the Valley of Juarez has been brought back to life here and now functions as an art project called ‘Not A CornField.’ The once-abandoned industrial site is now complete with life again thanks to artist collective Dead Ivan & David Alfaro Siqueiros, who transformed this dry piece of land into beautiful fields filled with wheat while they were there too.
The California State Parks Foundation held a design contest in 2006 to select an artistically pleasing layout of the new park. The initial opening date was set for September 23, 2007, but this did not happen due to some construction fencing complications required by law enforcement authorities. Eventually, Hargreaves & Associates from San Francisco won out against all other competitors and designed the current park.
The construction of this park has been slow due to financial constraints in California. The budget deficit forced officials to scale back plans for the project, earmarking $18 million instead of their planned investment goal, which was around 55 million dollars, emphasizing environmental restoration and entertainment amenities such as water fountains or theme gardens, among other things like an upscale restaurant.
Situated at 1245 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, the park is now open to the public and features a campfire circle, restrooms, and parking lot. The park has several plaques that relate to the history of Cornfield, Chinatown, and Downtown Los Angeles. The many community fairs held in this space provide an opportunity for people from all walks of life to come together while enjoying some good food or music in one place.
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