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MacArthur Park, Los Angeles

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#37 of 39 in Parks in Los Angeles
MacArthur Park is a park dating back to the late nineteenth century in the Westlake neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. In the early 1940s, it was renamed after General Douglas MacArthur, and later 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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  • Dove is really. But the stalls around the left plate and a lot of homeless people. Fetid, there is no such thing as no apparent view.
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  • After lunch at a nearby deli, I wanted to take a walk around the MacArthur Park lake in a misguided attempt to indulge pangs of LA nostalgia. Sadly, what should be maintained as a neighborhood showpie...  more »
  • I'm loving this park, although he is not in good condition and not structural. Is in an area of poor people and druggies, unfortunately. People of God employs the word of God in place, with the Bible in hand; football players or other games also love and enjoy the space. It is sure that this park is also frequented by people of right. Authorities need to move, to improve the site! Note: 2.5 stars.
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  • I thought I would check this park out since I had never been here before. I happen to be on the red line and got off at MacArthur park. It was kind of what I expected it's not the greatest area so taking that into consideration it was okay it's big there's plenty of room to sit , relax, and maybe have a quick lunch, but I wouldn't be here after dark. One thing that I really enjoyed was all the outside vendors in and around the park they had some off-the-wall stuff that I bought that you can't get anywhere but there. --Long Beach resident
  • A Simple quite park to feed the ducks on Saturday afternoon. You can pickup a couple of loaves of day old bread at a nearby 99 cent store and enjoy throwing bread at hungry ducks.
  • This park has so much potential. Unfortunately it is plagued by the homeless who have assaulted people and the ones who seem to think this okay because it’s the real world. In most of the real world, parks don’t have nearly 100 people or more living inside of tents. It adds blight and makes for unsafe conditions when you have homeless people living here inside of tents dealing and using crack and heroin. People joke that the fish have STDs because of all the needles thrown in the pond. This park is not maintained very well and is filthy. The pictures show that when the homeless weren’t occupying this place, it used to be a very beautiful park. Hopefully gentrification and newer policies will restore this park to its former glory but as for now, I’d recommend other parks.
  • Cute ducks. You can go up to them. They also have multiple species of duck and goose looking creatures . I felt safe even though it seems like a duck and homeless people convention. But Im 6 1 and male. It seemed calm, not one person asked me for money.
  • Depress me with something else... Please. This park was so much cooler 5 years ago. Get it together City. The daytime market across the street by the Metro station is always worth at least a quick look. #cheapgoodies
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