Los Angeles SHP
State Historic Park
Los Angeles State Historic Park provides an extraordinary opportunity for recreation and education in the heart of Los Angeles. Within its 32 acres of open space directly adjacent to Chinatown, park visitors can wander pathways and enjoy a view of downtown, as well as discover and celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of Los Angeles.
In 2006 Hargreaves Associates (a San Francisco based landscape architecture firm) won a design competition held for Los Angeles State Historic Park. Their design concept demonstrated the possiblilites for a world-class park.
In the interim, California State Parks has developed a temporary, 13-acre portion of the park so that the public can enjoy the park now. In addition, our partnerships with educational institutions and community organizations allow for creative and innovative public events. State Parks invites you to engage in the past, present and future of Los Angeles at Los Angeles State Historic Park.
Things To Do
You can run, walk, ride a bike, have a picnic, fly a kite and even look for urban wildlife such as birds traveling down the Pacific flyway. Do all of these things and more while inventive architectural features in the landscape hint of the park’s history. The Metro Gold Line zips past the south side of the park on raised tracks following the course of a water system which stretched from the Los Angeles River to El Pueblo in the early 1800’s. It may be difficult to imagine, but this place was once a fertile basin, and within a mile of the park is the last recorded location of Yang-na, a large Tongva village. The history of the Southern Pacific Railroad’s River Station, opened in 1875, include a waterwheel, freight house, roundhouse, depot and station yard. Rows of deer grass now hint of the vanished railroad tracks, and you can stand and reflect on the travels of the thousands of people who arrived here from all over the country and world. The Pacific Hotel opened here in 1879 and once served “25 minute meals” to River Station passengers. The approximate shape of the hotel is marked today by a boundary of recycled glass.
Several historical buildings are within walking distance of the park. On the north side, the Flat Iron Building is the second oldest industrial building standing in Los Angeles and dates from 1890. On the southern end of the park, the Capitol Milling Company building from 1883 is easily visible. Surrounding the Park are the historic and ethnically diverse communities of Lincoln Heights, Elysian Park, Solano Canyon, Chinatown, Chavez Ravine and William Mead Homes.
Special Event and Filming Permits
If you would like to perform commercial or student filming or photography at the park, you need to contact the State Park film permit coordinator at 818-880-0358.
If you would like to hold an event at the park, please contact the special event coordinator at 310-574-2488 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for permitting requirements and fees.
There are several routes into the park’s main entrance at 1245 North Spring Street. If you have access to the Metro Rail, the park is less than a block away from the Chinatown Station on the gold line. If you are traveling northbound or southbound on the 101F, exit Alameda Street, turn right at the off ramp and Alameda turns into North Spring Street. The park will be on your left. If you are traveling on the I-5 Freeway, exit Broadway, go west and stay in left lane. When Broadway splits in two directions, take North Spring Street to the left.
Interpretive Media Laboratory
The Interpretive Media Laboratory (IMLab) is a new joint program of the UCLA Center for Research in Engineering, Media and Performance (REMAP) and the State of California Department of Parks and Recreation. Its focus is to research, develop and maintain innovative interpretive approaches for the new Los Angeles State Historic Park. For a more detailed description and how to participate, we encourage you to follow us at the following link - please click here.
All pathways and restrooms are accessible. There is also an accessible telescope to view the park and neighboring areas.
Free guided interpretive programs and public events are offered at the park. For information, call the park staff at (323) 441-8819.
Become part of our Volunteers in Parks program to help protect and preserve your heritage! We are seeking volunteers to assist with interpretive programs, special events and other special projects. We invite you to share your special talents, passion and enthusiasm. Being a volunteer, you work with State Parks Rangers and Park Staff, participate in outstanding learning opportunities, and volunteer experience helps you when applying for all types of employment. Contact the Park Interpreter at (323) 441-8819.
- Hours of Operation:
The park is open 8am-sunset.
- Park Office Telephone:
Los Angeles CountyCounty
L.A. State Historic Park
1245 N. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012