The gate separating the general public from accessing the Grand Stairs at West Hollywood Park leading to the Aquatic and Recreational Center was temporarily removed this afternoon to allow LPA Architects access to film some stock footage.
A film crew and photographers were seen document people using the large staircase. Actors and models were directed to casually step up and down the stairs, take selfies, or sit at the stairs and pretend to be on their phones while cameras rolled at the foot of the stairs.
LPA Architects allowed WEHO TIMES to climb to the top of the stairs get some quick photos during the shooting. The top of the stairs is still gated from accessing the pool areas, but all that could change soon.
The City of West Hollywood recently announced that it is working to open the Aquatic and Recreation Center (ARC) at West Hollywood Park. The city is planning to allow access to the ARC in phases to protect the safety and welfare of the public and users of the facility.
Despite the finished appearance of the building, final items are being completed and City staff has just begun to occupy the recreation center at West Hollywood Park under a temporary occupancy permit. Currently, staff are training and certifying fire-life-safety systems for the pools and equipment in the building, and staff are beginning to move into office space and test and familiarize themselves with operations of the site.
The City anticipates receiving approval to allow limited public access soon and will begin a phased roll-out approach in June 2022. All maintenance, operations, and recreation staff, including lifeguards, must be fully trained in site operations and pools prior to public access.
The City recently reopened a large portion of the park-site at West Hollywood Park. This area was previously closed for completion of the West Hollywood Park Phase II Master Plan Implementation Project, which includes the Aquatic and Recreation Center (ARC) building and park construction work.
West Hollywood Park open areas currently include:
- Adult Fitness Equipment: Open to the public.
- El Tovar Place: Open to the public. El Tovar Place provides east to west access through West Hollywood Park between N. San Vicente Boulevard and N. Robertson Boulevard including access to the parking structures.
- Expanded Turf Areas: Open to the public. There is access from N. San Vicente Boulevard, N. Robertson Boulevard, El Tovar Place, and from the third level of the West Hollywood Park Five-Story Parking Structure located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.
- New Public Art: Open to the public. Parallel Perpendicular by artist Phillip K. Smith III is located in the Robertson Gardens area.
- Robertson Gardens: Open to the public. There are picnic tables and an expanded turf area for passive recreation activities.
- West Hollywood Library Parking Structure: Open to the public. Open hours align with the West Hollywood Library’s operating hours.
- West Hollywood Park restrooms adjacent to the City’s Small Dog Park: Open to the public.
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