[Photo by Elizabeth Daniels]
The underwhelming Spring Street Park in the Historic Core—long the site of dog vs. children wars—is getting some help from an unlikely friend: the developers behind the Financial District's under-construction Wilshire Grand skyscraper. To get the air rights that allowed the tower to rise to 73 stories, the developer agreed to community benefits that include $250,000 for the park, the Downtown News reports. Not much can be done about the park's meager amount of grass—confined to a mound on the park's north end—but the war over unleashed dogs at the park (currently illegal) will end with the addition of a new off-leash dog area.
The park is also getting new planters and a full-time security guard, who will be on hand from 7:30 am to dusk, and hopefully cut down on stuff like the woman who gave her kid swimming lessons in the fountain recently. The group that manages the park, Friends of Spring Street Park, hopes to add public programming too once the improvements are in place.
· Spring Street Park to Get Dog Run, Security Guards [DN]
· Historic Core's Spring Street Park Getting Dog/Children Divider [Curbed LA]