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Pershing Square

An outdoor concert, event center and public park located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles

Welcome to Pershing Square Outdoor Concert and Event Center


Pershing Square is in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles at 532 S. Olive St. The facility is operated by the Department of Recreation and Parks. Dedicated in 1866 and originally named La Plaza Abaja (the Lower Plaza), the “Square” underwent its first renovation in 1911 to reflect the social and economic growth of the city. During World War I the park was used for receptions for the militia and provided a public forum much like London’s Hyde Park Corner. In 1918 the park’s name was formally changed to Pershing Square in honor of the World War I general. The Department of Recreation and Parks, the Pershing Square Property Association and the Community Redevelopment Agency joined to renovate the park once again in 1989.

Pershing Square features an open and elevated Mayan-style amphitheater, a grove of orange trees that pays tribute to Los Angeles’ agricultural roots, and at the south end a large river rock-lined circular fountain with a time-released water flow creating a tidal action. Artists Ricardo Legorreta, Laurie Olin and Barbara McCarren helped design Pershing Square.

Pershing Square hosts a variety of community events. The Pershing Square Downtown Stage is a six-week summer concert series with free music, films and events four days a week. Artists who have performed on the Downtown Stage include The Fixx, The Bangles, The Psychedelic Furs, The Electric Light Orchestra and 10,000 Maniacs. Friday night Movies, Salsa Sunset Dances and lunchtime concerts are all part of the summer. An outdoor ice skating rink is hosted by Pershing Square November through January including a snow laden Winter Holiday Festival.

Free Zumba and Yoga classes are held in the new Community Room. A new chess are is available for chess clubs, tournaments and casual players. Also new are the Pet Area and Hanging Wall Garden.

Pershing Square also runs a Mobile Youth Program that provides free arts and crafts, sports, games and summer and winter day camps for hundreds of children. A new children's play area will built on the campus in early 2015.

A Farmers Market and Food Truck Friday lunch events are run weekly. Annual events include art shows by the Art Squared Gallery a city scape outdoor gallery; the St. Patrick’s Day free lunchtime concert celebration; the Spring Extravaganza; and the Pershing Square Downtown Discover Bike Ride. The venue also serves as a major location for television shows, films and private parties.

For more information about Department of Recreation and Parks events At Pershing Square Outdoor Concert and Event Center, activities, services, programs and facilities, visit laparks.org/pershingsquare or call (213) 847 4970.

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History

Some things you should know about us.

Dedicated for use by Mayor Aguilar in 1866, this park land was named "La Plaza Abaja." In 1886, it was renovated with an official park plan designed by Fred Eaton. In 1911, the park was redesigned by John Parkinson to reflect the social and economic growth of the city.

During World War I, the Square was often the scene for militia receptions and provided a forum for public speakers. 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 1950s, when an 1800-car garage was built beneath the park. In 1989, the Pershing Square Property Association and the Community Redevelopment Agency contributed to assist the Department of Recreation and Parks in the renovation of the park. Architect Ricardo Legoretta and landscapist Laurie Olin designed the current park plan, and the park was rededicated on February 3, 1994.

For more history and walking tours, contact the L.A. Conservancy.

Location

532 South Olive Street Los Angeles, CA 90013

Directions

Dash

From City Hall ride DASH "B" toward the Financial District and exit Olive at 6th Street. From the Garland Building ride DASH "E," exit Olive at 7th Street, and walk north one block. For alternate routes, visit LADOT.

Metro/Subway

Ride the Red Line toward downtown Los Angeles and exit Pershing Square (5th Street). For alternate routes, visit MTA.

Vehicles

Drive the 110 Freeway toward Downtown Los Angeles and exit 6th Street. For parking information, call 213-473-5557.

Additional Information

Disabled Person

Parking is available on the first level of our parking facility. An elevator is also located at the center of the garage. Interpreters, assisted listening devices, and other services may be provided upon request. Please call 888-LA-PARKS or visit www.laparks.org/pershingsquare

Park Advisory Board

The essential to the overall operation of a recreation facility

Park Advisory Boards and their members are essential to the overall operation of a recreation facility. The partnership between staff and community is of primary importance in identifying and meeting the recreational needs of the community.

Our vision is to provide diverse and beautiful recreation facilities, and innovative leadership for the universal enjoyment of our residents and visitors. P.A.B. enables us to work together to make facilities safe, clean and hospitable.

All meetings are scheduled at 8:30 am in the Pershing Square Community room.

January through December 2015 meeting dates:

  • January 14
  • February 11
  • March 11
  • April 8
  • May 13
  • June 10
  • July 8
  • August 12
  • September 9
  • October 14
  • November 11
  • December 9

For more information on attending a meeting, please call 213-847-4970.

Contact

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Pershing Square Office Hours

    Monday through Friday — 9:00AM—5:30PM
    • Staff is on-site for weekend special events. Pershing Square has 24-hour security.

    Pershing Square Contact Persons

    Louise Capone, Senior Recreation Director / Facility Manager
    • 532 South Olive Street Los Angeles, CA 90013
    • Phone: 213-847-4970 | Fax: 213-485-0985
    • Email: pershing.square@lacity.org
    Gus Sedano, Recreation Coordinator Mobile Youth Programs/ Permits and Venue Rental
    • 532 South Olive Street Los Angeles, CA 90013
    • Phone: 213-485-1645 | Fax: 213-485-0985
    • Email: pershing.square@lacity.org
    Raquel Favela, Permits Applications
    • 532 South Olive Street Los Angeles, CA 90013
    • Phone: 213-847-4970 | Fax: 213-485-0985
    • Email: pershing.square@lacity.org

Permits & Venue Rental

For film shoots or venue rentals please contact the Pershing Square Recreation Office and speak with Gus Sedano or Raquel Favela.

  • 530 S. Olive Los Angeles, CA 90013
  • Phone: 213-847-4970

Permit request are taken on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays between the hours of 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM. All applicants must schedule a walk through with Pershing Square staff. Venue walk through are held every Wednesday and Friday between the hours of 1:00 and 3:00 PM.

Film companies are requested to have paper work and payment complete one week prior to scheduled film shoot. Rental Applicants are requested to have paper work and payment complete one month prior to event.

Pershing Square Parking Garage

Jose Flores, Parking Garage Manager
  • 532 South Olive Street Los Angeles, CA 90013
  • Phone: 213-473-5556 | Fax: 213-473-5554
  • For information regarding daily or monthly parking rates, special event or film location parking please call directly to the garage office located on the first level of the underground garage at the bottom of the west side escalator.

Pershing Square Security

  • 532 South Olive Street Los Angeles, CA 90013
  • Phone: 213-473-8895
  • Pershing Square has twenty four hour security seven days a week. The security office is located on the first floor of the venue garage at the bottom of the west side escalator.

Booking & Entertainment

    If you would like your music group to be considered for a concerts series please mail a promotional package to Pershing Square care of "Artist Relations" at 532 S. Olive Los Angeles, CA 90013.

    Send an EPK to Pershing.Square@lacity.org. Please include all contact information. All musicians, manager or booking agents may submit. All music content, stage set up, audio input and riders are reviewed before presentation selection.



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The email newsletter is produced by the Pershing Square Park Advisory Board.



The Park Advisory Boards (P.A.B.) and its members are essential to the overall operation of a recreation facility. The partnership between staff and community is of primary importance in identifying and meeting the recreational needs of the community.

Our vision is to provide diverse and beautiful recreation facilities, and innovative leadership for the universal enjoyment of downtown Los Angeles residents and visitors. P.A.B. enables us to work together to make facilities safe, clean and hospitable..