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82 Los Angeles State Historic Park at the Cornfield | by The City Project
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82 Los Angeles State Historic Park at the Cornfield

The grand opening of the Los Angeles State Historic Park at the Cornfield on September 23, 2006.


The site could have been warehouses. Instead, it's a park.


Ruben Lizardo of PolicyLink writes:


"I was so struck, moved actually, by the photo you chose to use, that I had to write you first thing this morning . . . to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the work the City Project does each and every day on behalf of low income kids, their families, and neighborhoods. Something about the simplicity of children kicking a soccer ball, in a new still sparsely greened park, with the city of Los Angeles in the background, that stopped me in my tracks. I know that the history of how the scene in this card came about is full of hard work and some miracles too. The fact that City Hall, which is also in the background, has not always been sympathetic and at times antagonistic to the much needed City Project’s leadership makes it all the more special. So this morning I want to start the day with a simple message of gratitude and respect for your ever present and powerful voice and example. You are truly appreciated."


The park is the result of an epic struggle by the community to create the state park and stop a proposal by the city and a wealthy developer for 32 acres of warehouses. The Los Angeles Times called the victory "a heroic monument" and "a symbol of hope." Learn more about the struggle for the Park. Los Angeles City Cultural Historical Landmark 82 is located at the site.


The Cornfield State Park Advisory Committee recommended that "a park at the Cornfield should be connected to the struggles, the histories, and the cultures of the rich and diverse communities that have surrounded it since the site was settled." Many racial and ethnic groups have entered the Los Angeles Region through the site, including Native Americans, Spanish missionaries and soldiers, Mexicans, African-Americans, Anglos, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, and French. The Zanja Madre that took water from the Los Angeles River to El Pueblo de Los Angeles and beyond runs through the Park.


The Los Angeles Times picked as a flickr favorite The City Project’s iconic image of the grand opening of the Los Angeles State Historic Park.


Visit the interactive maps and images about Monuments: Diversity, Democracy and Freedom by The City Project.

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Taken on September 23, 2006