FRIENDS OF THE HOLLYWOOD CAP PARK

Rating: 4.9 stars   41 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: 1680 Vine St Ste 1000 Los Angeles CA 90028 USA

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2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Hollywood has one of the lowest park per capita ratios of any City in California. This Park will provide recreational access across a large swathe of Hollywood for children from low-income households. The Park will provide an extra playing field next to the new Helen Bernstein High School and improve the air quality by capping off the freeway as it cuts through Hollywood and by the adjacent High School. The Park will heal and connect the division in Hollywood that was created when the freeway was built and the Park will help our economy by providing over 45,000 jobs while it is being built and many permanent jobs afterwards. I have felt honored to be on the Board for this great project that will be green in every sense of the word.
Susan Polifronio

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This project has brought together so very many people across every strata of society in Hollywood. At a recent fundraiser one of the invitees and longtime hollywood resident said that this was the first time he had felt such civic pride in Hollywood and felt such a real sense of Community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

It is too early for me to state what changes I would want to make.

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Rating: 5 stars  

There are so many reasons to support this nonprofit. It is working to add 44 acres of new green space to a park-poor area of Los Angeles. The park will help filter traffic noise and air pollution from the 101 Freeway. It will reconnect two sides of Hollywood, now cut in half by the road. It will create thousands of living wage jobs. It will provide a place for children and families, tourists and locals to relax, play, read, sit, stroll, and explore. It is an incredibly exciting and optimistic project that will improve the lives of thousands.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It began as a big dream, and in just a few short years, the nonprofit was started, money began to be raised, public awareness has grown, and now folks from all walks of life are getting excited about making this park a reality.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes needed. The leadership is motivated and active.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have spent the past three years working in Hollywood and without a doubt Hollywood Central Park is the most exciting project I have had the pleasure to be a part of. When I learned of the initiative to build a 44-acre park above the 101 as it went through Hollywood, I knew that I needed to be a part of the team that was going to make it happen. The park will transform Hollywood into a place where locals and international visitors alike will revel in its creative natural environs. I love the Park!!!!!

Please join our effort to bring the park dream into reality!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Friends of Hollywood Central Park has done a great job in educating the community about the lack of green space in Hollywood and the absolute need for the Cap Park.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I love the prganization as is! Now let's get the project funded!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

The reality is that this part of Hollywood has less than 3% of the City Standard for neighborhood parkland of 4 acres/1000 residents. The surrounding neighborhoods are predominantly poor and minority and are completely built out. These air rights already belong to the people of California. I understand the park will clean the air from the two tunnels which will improve the health of the local residents and visitors.

This is a well organized, hard working effective group. As an Architect and Landscape Architect, as a Board Member of the local Neighborhood Council, and as a nearby resident, I strongly support the construction of this street level mile long park over this already depressed section of the Hollywood Freeway.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a Board Member, nearby resident, and as a Board Member of the local Neighborhood Council.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Identify a first phase of the entire park and get it built.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This effort, quite simply, represents the healing of a community literally cut in half by a freeway decades ago. It benefits: in enhancing public health and safety by buffering neighborhoods from traffic; in creating habitat by bringing nature back to the city; in making common ground for civic life; and in giving space for engagement of the imagination, are incalculable, especially for the many thousands of children whose lives will be profoundly changed by the presence of this park. This park is an investment in the future of this community and beyond.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the enthusiasm and support this project generates in everyone who learns about it.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Reinforce its efforts in explaining its environmental benefits.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with the Hollywood Cap Park for several years prior to the Friends of the Hollywood Cap Park, Inc. being organized. I am a resident of Hollywood and have been involved with revitalizing this community for over 30 years. One thing we lack is sufficient park space. This is one reason I have been so passionate about creating this innovative cap park over the 101 Freeway. I love urban parks and the Hollywood Cap Park would not only be a wonderful addition to our community, but it would also improve the freeway and street infrastructure in the area. It would also be a major contributor to the continued redevelopment of this wonderful neighorhood.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I am a founding member of the Board of Directors following up on my volunteer work in several capacities involved with having a feasibility study completed, raising funds, writing articles about the Hollywood Cap Park, and in general trying to make this idea a reality.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would make minor changes to the organization to date. We are a young organization still finding its footing in the competitive non-profit world in Los Angeles. Once we have the necessary resources in place to accomplish our mission then I imagine the necessary changes will be more evident and necessary.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with the Hollywood Cap Park since its inception. Parks over freeways have been popular for many years in other parts of the US and Europe. The concept is not a 'wild' idea; one of the the Los Angeles airport runways is over the Sepulveda 8 lane highway...no different than covering a portion of the 101!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attending most meetings and involved with the Hollywood Chamber's Economic Development Committee

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The recommended changes have been incorporated

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

Open minded accepting ideas

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a recent transplant to Hollywood, I have come to love many things about Hollywood - the history, the architecture, the restaurants, the Walk of Fame and the people. What's been challenging has been the lack of open green space to relax, think and take a break from urban Hollywood. When I learned of the initiative to build a 44-acre park above the 101 as it went through Hollywood, I knew that I needed to be a part of the team that was going to make it happen. The park will transform Hollywood into a place where locals and international visitors alike will revel in its creative natural environs. Stay posted, contribute, volunteer -- give your support!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching us grow from an idea to a funding for a feasibility study, a full board governing a 50C3, funding for other activities through annual Gala events etc.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Wish it additional luck to secure the funding we need for our EIR.

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Rating: 5 stars  

What a fantastic idea to create park space over thin air. This is an amazingly creative AND safe way to create much needed parkland in a notoriously park starved community. Good Luck!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how hard the board works each and everyday to make this dream come true

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give it all the funding it needs to finish this in the next 2 years.

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Rating: 5 stars  

What a fantastic idea to put a 44 acre park over an existing below grade freeway. This park will reconnect a city previously split when the freeway was built and provide a wonderful place for kids and adults to enjoy a beautiful park. We hope that a portion of the park will include a soccer field across from a new high school, an amphitheatre for entertainment, walking trails, vistas to downtown Los Angeles and the ocean, and a green oasis in an otherwise dense, urban city with no park in sight for miles!

Two years of active participation by the Board and support from many public and private companies around Hollywood have seen this project develop into more than just a dream. We are excited to work on something so important to this community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the positive feedback from the community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a way to obtain the funding to move forward with the Environmental Impact Report. The next step in the process to create this park.

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