New Playground In Our Backyard: Los Angeles Historic Park Reopens…Finally!
It’s about time.
The area surrounding the Chinatown Metro Station has served as a steady meeting place for our marathon, half marathon, and 5K training activities for most of the past year. A natural loop formed by Broadway and Spring St. allows for a relatively uninterrupted run, which in the bustling car-centric streets of Los Angeles, is rare. Besides the Downtown LA skyline to the south in the distance, any scenery was, however, lacking.
We would find ourselves running in an industrial no man’s land, with little to no street lights along the way. Given that most of our runs take place during the evening, this posed an obvious danger. With cars zooming past, our runners were in need of a wide and lit sidewalk, and yes, more green space in this otherwise gray landscape.
We would find ourselves running in an industrial no man’s land…
On Earth Day, our prayers were answered. The Los Angeles Historic Park finally opened after 3 years of reconstruction. This park features 34 acres of vast green space, ranger & visitor centers that collect rainwater from its rooftops, and for us runners, ample pedestrian space with perhaps the most epic walkway on this side of town.
Appropriately so, we ran 6 miles that morning to kick off our weekly Saturday Long Runs as part of this season’s half marathon training, ending our run with a stroll through the park. We found a giant beach ball, marveled at the elevated walkway. It was awesome! Perhaps the best thing of all is that this is now a place we can call home.
The City of L.A. delivered hopefully what is a sign of more things to come around our city. Each and every neighborhood deserves open greenspace for communities to breathe, stretch, and relax. Plus, we can always use more places to run through.
The Los Angeles Historic Park is located: 245 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012