Pershing Square is the Place to be

Posted on March 31st, 2009 at 3:00 am by Lisa Newton

Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, Pershing Square has a long and rich history dating back to 1866.

Its last redesign was in 1994, led by the famed architect Ricardo Legorreta and landscape architect, Laurie Olin. As you can see from the pictures, they did a great job:

Pershing Square is playful and elegant; modern but classical; fun and serious; and it’s practical for the people who work, play, and live in Los Angeles. Pershing Square is able to offer many different things for different people.

With its outdoor concert and event center, Pershing Square hosts an array of free programs for the downtown community. While I was there, people were relaxing, reading, walking their dogs, and just taking in the multitude of sights and sounds of the city.

One of the major annual events Pershing Square hosts is the Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt, featuring arts and crafts, clowns, magic, and storytelling. It’s a must attend program for families. Did I mention it’s free?

Because I went to Pershing Square on Car-Free Friday, I took the Metro, combining of both bus and subway.

In fact, this was my first time taking the Los Angeles subway. It was easy to navigate, clean, and fast. Although the underground rail was an expensive and controversial project throughout the 80’s and 90’s, obviously its promoters and advocates were correct—an investment in mass transit for Los Angeles was extremely important.

I will definitely be riding the Metro more often–it’s economical, I don’t have to worry about parking, it’s green, and if I want, I can bring my bike along with me.

What more could I ask for?

What park do you enjoy spending a relaxing afternoon at? Did you take a local bus or subway to get there?

For many, Travelin’ Local is the only place and way to go.

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