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Mayor Aguilar dedicated this land for use as park land in 1866. On November 8, 1918 the park was formally named Pershing Square in honor of the World War I general. The next major change came in the 1950's when a three-story, 1800-car underground parking garage was built beneath the park to serve the growing downtown business community. In 1989, the Pershing Square Property Association contributed $ 8.5 million, and the Community Redevelopment Agency provided $ 6 million to assist the Department of Recreation & Parks in the renovation of the park. Their common goal was realized when the park was dedicated on February 3, 1994.
Today, Pershing Square is the site for the Summer Lunchtime Concert Series. Every Tuesday and Thursday, from May to September, the downtown community is treated to a free lunchtime concert. New this year is the lunchtime Nightclub Concert Series, continuing Pershing Square's tradition of free concerts into the month of October.
During the months of November to January, Pershing Square becomes the site of Los Angeles' only outdoor ice skating rink. An estimated 300,000 skaters and spectators will enjoy this 60' x 80' attraction during the winter holiday season. Complimenting the rink will be an exciting holiday environment including outdoor arts and crafts boutiques, Yuletide taste treats, ice skating lessons, and entertainment.