The West Hollywood Park Playground is opening this week on Wednesday, August 10, 2022. Hours of operation for the long anticipated children’s play area will begin in the morning from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
“Excited to announce that the #WestHollywood Park Playground will open THIS Wednesday (8/10) morning,” wrote an overjoyed council member John Erickson on his social media platforms. “I want to thank the community who has been more than patient with the ongoing issues we faced and looking forward to seeing all the joy it will bring to @wehocity.”
The playground consists of two separate areas. One for children between the ages of two and five years of age, and the second for children between the ages of five and twelve years of age. The play area includes slides, swing sets, and a climbing slope along with other separate play events throughout the area. The area also has its own dedicated restroom for users of the playground.
The West Hollywood Park playground was closed due to deficiencies in installation that were identified after a state-mandated Playground Safety Audit and site inspections were conducted. The City commenced repair work in June under guidance of the playground manufacturer and its installation contractor. The took several months to complete. The playground repair work was expedited to the best of the City’s ability.
In addition to the new West Hollywood Park playground, the City operates two playgrounds at other locations: Kings Road Park (1000 N. Kings Road) and Plummer Park (7377 Santa Monica Boulevard). The playground at Plummer Park is the largest playground operated by the City of West Hollywood.
The City of West Hollywood received a Certificate of Occupancy (CofO) for the Aquatic and Recreation Center (ARC) at West Hollywood Park. Public access to the ARC has been accomplished in a phased approach to protect the safety and welfare of the public and users of the facility. In anticipation of receiving the CofO, the City’s Recreation Services Division staff began working on the beginning stages of phasing in public use and programming beginning with swim lessons, tiny tot programming, and limited gymnasium use. The Division has been working with the various groups and stakeholders on timelines and accessibility and is working towards the expansion and use of the ARC over the next several weeks and months ahead.
The phased opening process provides the necessary integrated training scenarios for staff to become familiar with programs, constituent patterns, and access throughout the new facility. During the first phase of the ARC opening, recreation programs, events, contract classes, and user groups will slowly begin use of the ARC as staff begin to lead programs and work in the facility on a day-to-day basis. Subsequent phasing for both the park and aquatics will include extended hours and additional programs and activities programmed and led by the City’s Recreation Services staff, contract instructors, or community organizations.
The initial phased opening programs are:
Aquatic Center – Swim Lessons, Junior Lifeguard Program, and a phased opening to limited user groups will begin. Over the next few weeks, additional aquatic programming will become available for user groups, lap swim, fitness club, recreational swim, and Splash Camp.
Recreation Center – Programs and activities such as Fundamentals of Sports, Tot Time Camp, Tiny Tots, Summer Camp, and a phased opening to select user groups has also begun.
An official opening ceremony is anticipated to be scheduled soon. Details forthcoming at www.weho.org/calendar.
A large portion of the park-site at West Hollywood Park is open, including:
- 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.
- West Hollywood Park Picnic Zones: Available by reservation.
For park updates, subscribe to the City’s West Hollywood Park Master Plan Phase II e-notifications list to receive updates. For information about Recreation programming, please visit www.weho.org/recreation.