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MacArthur Park, Los Angeles

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2/5 based on 20+ reviews on the web
MacArthur Park is a park in the Westlake neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, named after General Douglas MacArthur and designated City of Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument #100.GeographyThe park is divided in two by Wilshire Boulevard. The southern portion primarily consists of a lake, while the northern half includes an amphitheatre, bandshell, soccer fields, and children's playground, along with a recreation center operated by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. The bandshell was once home to many organizations and events, such as Jugaremos en Familia (a live event hosted by Memo Flores for the Hispanic community). MacArthur Park's bandshell has been recently renovated as the Levitt Pavilion and is once again the host of jazz, big band, salsa music, beat music, and world music concerts. Since reopening, it hosts at least 50 free concerts each summer between June and September.The lake in MacArthur Park is fed by natural springs (although an artificial bottom to the lake was laid during the construction of the Metro Red Line, opened in 1993). In the past, a fountain with a reflecting pool on the northern end was also fed by the springs. The Westlake/MacArthur Park Red Line station sits across the street.
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  • I grabbed some lunch across the street at Langer's and made my way over to sit in the park. It's small but offers a handful of places to sit. It's a pretty cool park. It's just not maintained all that...  read more »
  • The Mc Carthur Park is a large, beautiful park in downtown Los Angeles with a large pond, fountains and monuments.
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  • Went here more as something to do with seeing something similar to it in GTA and I was going to Hollywood on Metro Line so I thought I'll see it in person. Basically something for every sense but not ...  read more »
  • This park is asome i like i want there want i was in 6 grade in LA Academy middle school it asome they have party nice tree and concert hall and is cool and i like so much ok
  • Back in 1985, when I was a freshman at Belmont High School, I lived two blocks away from MacArthur Park. Even back then the park was not a safe place to visit, especially at night. I recall one night, my friend and I were hanging out in the playground when she decided to go for a run around the park, it must have been close to midnight. So, she took off running even before I had a chance to talk her out of it. She started heading west towards Park View Street, but even before she made it half ways, an unknown man approached her and struck her with a punch to the stomach, as she felt to the ground and he walked away from her, but then suddenly turned around and began walking in the direction of friend again, not sure why, but when he saw me running to the help of my friend he took off south towards Wilshire Boulevard, which runs between both parks (MacArthur Park & MacArthur Park Lake). As I approached my friend, I feared that she had been struck with a knife, but luckily she had just been sucker punched. An unknown man who had seen what happened came to check up on us. We quickly left the park that night, but the incident did not keep us from revisiting the park many more times... I guess we were young and reckless, like most teenagers at that age. I left that neighborhood back in 1990 when I joined the Navy. I have driven by the area many times since then, but have not seen any improvements to the park or the neighborhood. If you have no business there, especially at night time, I would strongly recommend that you stay clear of MacArthur Park. Former Resident of Westlake Area (cir. 1985-1990) - Guillermo Quezada
  • It's the worst place in terms of a "good park" from my experience. Well, what determines park being a good park? Clean, lots of trees, nature, atmosphere and people. In McArtur park you will find the following: Trash and bad smell are following you everywhere you go..Park itself is not that great either. A lot of people were taking shower in the fountain and washing their clothes. Area around the park sucks too. It's kind of dangerous to walk there alone at evening time.. It's very dirty place, homeless people are lined up around 99 cent store. And if you walk a little bit down the street, that is where skid row starts. It was a great experience of such kind but I would not recommend to go there if you want to have a good time with your family and friends. 😊
  • Really homeless PISSY smelling, there is alot potential but the city won't out the money into making it better
  • @Tamara, don't get your panties in a notch. I didn't see the same crap in central park and guess what New York has roughly the same amount of homeless if not more. I'm very happy you have a piece of paper that makes you think you know something useful but you're better off shoving it up your candy hippie @śş!
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