The New Year's Eve 2014 celebration at Grand Park was an incredibly successful first attempt at a big, central party where Angelenos could gather to ring in the new year. This year, organizers have tripled the size of the space to include not just the park, but several surrounding streets, which means double the capacity, but also more street closures and other trickiness. But don't worry: we've got everything you need to know to smoothly navigate the 84-acre celebration zone.
There will be four entrances to the event:
· First Street between Grand Avenue and Hill Street
· Hill Street between First and Second Streets
· Broadway between First and Second Streets,
· First Street between Los Angeles and Main Streets
Closures, as the map shows, include:
· First Street between Grand and Los Angeles
· Hill, Broadway, Spring, and Main Streets between Second and Temple
· Olive between First to Second Streets
Temple and Second streets are fully open for the duration of the event.
Partygoers determined to drive all the way to the park can save time by reserving parking ahead of time using ParkMe; there are two options currently available, with the cheapest one costing about $19.
Those going Metro can exit from the Red/Purple Line at the Grand Park/Civic Center stop, but the Temple Street exit will be closed for the event and won't reopen until 11:45 pm, so revelers arriving at that station will only be able to use the First Street exit. There's also the option of walking up to the park from the Gold Line's Little Tokyo/Arts District station about a half-mile away. Metro is offering free rides to all from 9 pm on New Year's Eve to 2 am on New Year's Day. Trains and buses that normally offer late-night owl service will be running all night long.
There will be food trucks at the event (about 30 of them), photobooths, and live music on three stages throughout the park, but unlike last year's event, this is a dry NYE party. No cash bar, no beer garden, no carting in booze from a nearby drugstore. Will this translate into a lively tailgating scene or will everyone just pre-game like mad at nearby bars? We'll have to wait for 2015 for those answers.
· New Year's Eve Grand Park [Official Site]
· Your guide to going Metro for New Year's 2015! [Metro]
· Grand Park is Tripling the Size of New Year's Eve This Year [Curbed LA]
· Inside LA's Insanely Popular First Public New Year's Eve Party [Curbed LA]