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Friends of the Hollywood Cap Park

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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

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having the Hollywood Central Park available to the community has so many obvious benefits, but none more important than what it will do for the quality of life for the kids in our community. I can’t image what my life would have been like without “outdoor play”. Just being able to run and jump and PLAY. I know having a space like the HCP, would make the boys and girls of Hollywood healthier, smarter, more optimistic and just plain happier. . . and all of us who work and live in Hollywood would benefit.

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an important and much needed project for so many reasons...the fact that jobs will be created that will benefit all of Los Angeles is only one aspect of why the green roof that will support the Hollywood Cap Park is something I support fully!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A large park in central Hollywood will serve those most in need! Capping the 101 Freeway is a great way to achieve this and it will provide direct access to the most densely, under served population in Hollywood and East Hollywood. I cannot think of another single, better public works endeavor for all of Los Angeles than this! Mitch O'Farrell

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Patti Negri

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hollywood Cap Park is the best idea since the Hollywood sign! I am president of the Hollywood Dell Civic Association. A nieghborhood of about 1000 homes in the hills above Hollywood. We have a baby boom & kid explsion going on. These kids NEED a place to play. There is nothing in the neighborhood for them at all. This is a fabulous and MUCH NEEDED idea. We just GOTTA build it - and I KNOW "they will come!". Patti Negri, Hollywood Resident, Hollywood Buisness Owner.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hollywood Cap Park - an awesome, visionary idea whose time has come here in Los Angeles !!

Cannot recommend this enough, and am so excited to see it come to reality in the years to come.

Los Angeles desperately needs more parks, but yet - we have no space to do this. This is not only the best idea, but the only idea that is feasible, practical, and will make this great city - even greater.

Greg

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Friends of the Hollywood Cap Park is a wonderful organization dedicated to the ambitious project of bringing a true "Central Park" to downtown Hollywood. It is aimed at creating much-needed open space in a park-poor, economically-disadvantaged community and in the process promises to serve local families. It is a wonderful mission that will benefit residents and businesses alike.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

40,000 children live within one mile of the proposed 44 acre Hollywood Freeway Cap Park. This park will not only give these children a safe place to play, but benefit Hollywood as a whole through increased tourism and economic stimulus for investment in the surrounding areas. This park will serve as a model for all communities in Los Angeles and the nation.

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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 3

I would be a prouder Angelino to have a cap park over one of the busiest freeways in California. It's an innovative, aesthetically-appealing solution to too much concrete and too few open gathering places in Los Angeles.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hollywood needs this park! The dearth of greenspace in this dense urban area makes this project even more important to the health and welfare of the Hollywood Community.

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Jennifer R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I joined the East Hollywood Neighborhood Council specifically to get involved with getting more parks into the area. Once elected, and to my delight, I was more than pleased to discover the Friends of the Hollywood Cap Park organization was working so diligently on procuring 44 acres of green space that far exceeded my dreams.

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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.

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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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Capping the 101 Freeway to address decades of environmental and social justice impacts is an idea which deserves attention. "Friends of the Hollywood Cap Park" has been working diligently to raise awareness of the amazing possiblities and deserves your support.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The cap park is a visionary proposal to physically re-connect the community that had been cleaved in the 1950s with construciton of the 101 freeway with badly needed green space. Can't wait.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Friends of the Hollywood CAP Park have the energy and vision to make this project become a reality. Many of the neighborhoods lack parks for families and children to enjoy. My greatest memories as a child were at a park playing until the sun went down. I look forward to seeing this happen so that children living in Hollywood and East Hollywood can share in that same experience.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I think it is a great idea. Not only do we need to bury our freeways for noise, pollution, blight and the like, but most importantly to reconnect our communitites. The freeways of the past literally decimated entire neighborhoods. Parks, cap parks in particular, are a great way to recconect them. Plus, they can create new development opportunities that could potentially pay for the parks itself, and ultimately improve the quality of life for all residents; local and regional...

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Shahan S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hollywood is in desperate need of a safe place for kids to play. The other day my friend came over with her over active 5 year old. There was no place for the kid to go to blow off steam. Literally none. Hollywood needs this park.

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