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Los Angeles State Historic Park Will Be Closed For a Year
Joggers, wildflower seekers, and concert-goers, in 2014 you probably won't be headed to Los Angeles State Historic Park for the usual events and happenings. The park is expected to be closed in January 2014 for a full year, while the facility undergoes a major renovation.
L.A. Downtown News reports that the park on the edge of Chinatown (you may still call it the Cornfield, or the Not a Cornfield) is poised to get a $18 million renovation that "call for adding a welcome pavilion, a promenade for a farmers market, an amphitheater, wetlands areas and infrastructure improvements such as permanent restrooms."
In recent years, the park has been home to popular events like the FYF Fest, the Renegade Craft Fair, H20 Fest, HARD Summer, and even the mucky mayhem of the Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships.
With the LASHP closed, those events would have to find another home in 2014, however its expected those events would come back in 2015.
The funding for the improvements were already part of the state budget this year, though it needs to make it past the State Senate Budget Committee in mid-May, notes the L.A. Downtown News. To follow would be getting the project out for bids in September, and then the full shut down in January.