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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Parks & Playgrounds

Mission: In relation to the environmental impact report, the organization held a scoping meeting as required by ceqa. The event was the largest in la history with 270 stakeholders attending. Caltrans and larap worked to finalize the cooperative agreement. Caltrans psr was finalized and negotiated fee of $5,000 was paid in full. Caltrans and fhcp began discussions of air rights and scheduling ctc presentation. Governor brown signed two pieces of legislation, eifd and cria, that will assist fhcp in funding and creating affordable housing. Fhcp delegation visited millennium park and the highline to learn best practices and funding strategies; advocacy trips to washington dc and sacramento. Fhcp began initial work on comprehensive economic study. Fhcp board members and volunteers participated in the 4th consecutive hollywood christmas parade. Fhcp participated in successful meetings with the building trades, lacarguy, lambda alpha and southern california planning congress.

Programs: The hollywood central park is a landmark infrastructure project that will create more than 40,000 direct and indirect jobs over 10 years, provide economic stimulus and long term economic security, provide healthy communities and provide children with open green space in which to grow and thrive. The hollywood central park will transform hollywood's disadvantaged communities into thriving economic engines and is an investment in our children, our community and our future.

in accordance with us gaap contribution of services are recognized if the services received (a) create or enhance nonfinancial assets or (b) require specialized skills that are provided by individuals possessing those skills, and (c) the services and costs would typically need to be purchased if not provided by donation. Contributed services that do not meet the criteria are not recognized. Fhcp receives a significant amount of donated services from unpaid professional volunteers who assist in carrying out the organization's program services. See sch d and sch o for detail.

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I can't think of a more mission-driven and dedicated nonprofit organization than the Friends of the Hollywood Central Park. They're doing what many people said was impossible: putting a 38 acre public park on top of the Hollywood Freeway. The organization is financially efficient. It's management is top-notch. I would recommend to anyone that they support this organization, and I am fortunate to have the opportunity as a member of the Board of such an important nonprofit.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a Hollywood resident since 1993, I am starving for the option to exercise and meet friends in a green space without first polluting (by getting into my car to go elsewhere). Hollywood is the pulse of LA, and yet our community lacks a heart — somewhere all residents can come together. Hollywood Central Park will beautify and unite our freeway-divided neighborhoods, help detoxify our smog-stained air, and provide an alternative to concrete for children (and adults!) to play, unwind, congregate and thrive... all while generating over 4,500 jobs. This is that rare project through which EVERYBODY wins: the current and future residents of Hollywood, tourists, local businesses, the environment here and in surrounding areas, and the local economy. Hollywood deserves this park, and Friends of Hollywood Cap Park deserves our help making it a reality.

Review from Guidestar

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The idea is genius. We create a park from airspace to serve the community. We couldn't find 44 acres of continguous space/land anywhere else in Hollywood.

I've supported the idea of the park since I first heard about it. As a Board member of the Park, and Board Member/President of Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council, I'm honored to advocate for the park.

This project will bring jobs to our local economy, provide open space for our community, and beautify the area not only above the freeway, but around the freeway -- soon to be parkland -- as well.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

As someone that has just recently become engaged in this project, I can say that this charity is represented by all facets of the Hollywood neighborhood and business community. It is great to see these diverse interests become aligned for this much needed park in Hollywood. The park would create skilled labor jobs and bring beautification to an area that currently realizes significant blight,. It would improve the environment by eliminating significant vehicle driving to far away parks by local residents and creating significant green space where concrete and asphalt now exist. It would likely promote busines investment in immediately surrounding areas where there is now neglect. Perhaps most importantly, it would create a sense of place by ceating a venue where children can play, adults can socialize and families can spend time together in a serene environment.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

I came to Los Angeles seeking the utopia of the marriage of the urban form to the suburban environment. It was a place with promise and creativity that was most represented in Hollywood. However, as many others have before me, I realized that this utopian experiment had come with substantioal costs. The splitting of communities by human arterial ways, the loss of connection to neighborhoods and the evaporation of true public open space. The idea of this park is to take the physical liabilities offered by the freeway system and return them to the splendor of thier original intent: that of providing much needed transportation connectors within a dense urban area without the loss of community. In fact, a park on top of the 101 freeway offers this opportunity by reconnecting the adjacent neighborhoods, providing one of the largest areas of flat public open space in the City Los Angeles and giving Hollywood a jewel of creative engineering worthy of the most fantastic sets of the legendary moviemakers who gave Hollywood its worldwide renown.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Hollywood Central Park will reinvigorate Hollywood and usher in a new "green" era for Los Angeles like so many other cap parks have for fortunate cities across the country. From Seatle to Boston, cap parks have revolutionized urban communities with critical open space, recreational and arts space and new civic centers. Further, Hollywood is one of the most park-starved communities in the countries. In addition to providing critical open space for all the diverse ethnicities living in Hollywood, the cap park would close the physical fizzure through the heart of Hollywood that was created when the freeway was built. In that sense the park is also a tool for healing. Beyond its local impacts, the park will be a world-class destination for the region. Builting it today will provide the kind of job- and economic infusion that California badly needs.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

Doug C.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar