This has been a big week for Downtown's Pershing Square. On Wednesday, a design competition launched to find the team that will ultimately overhaul the very concrete park, and yesterday marked the opening day for a smaller but still very major alteration to the park: the addition of two playgrounds. The playgrounds are at the southern-ish part of the park, by Sixth Street, and they are pretty hard to miss.
The new playgrounds have two areas for kids, "one for 2-5 year olds and another one for 5-12 year olds," says a release from LA's Department of Rec and Parks. The new play zones include a traditional merry-go-round, at least one slide, and so many things to climb—even a structure that looks like an enormous, scaleable spider web. The playgrounds both have that bouncy, rubberized flooring and, like the playground at Grand Park that opened last year, are surrounded by fencing.