Los Angeles is an ever adapting and evolving city. Whether you prefer the glitz of Hollywood, the many museums or the natural outdoors it is a place that has something for everyone. As we progress into the new year we wanted to make sure you knew about some interesting upgrades to the cities landscape and design that my titillate your legs into yet another exciting excursion.
Currently scheduled to open in the summer of 2012 in Downtown LA the park will span from Grand Avenue at the Music Center to Spring Street at City Hall. There is an array of access options on this 12-acre park that will feature four distinct areas. Included in these areas are fountains, gardens, performance lawns, terraces and grand event lawns. http://civicpark.lacounty.gov/
Los Angeles is already home to many unique and interesting museums. It is now going to be adding another to add to the variety. The Broad is scheduled to be completed in 2013 and will be a public museum of contemporary art. It has a very retro building design that cannot be missed. This will be a 120,000 square-foot, three-level facility, and will include 50,000 square feet of gallery space on two floors, a lecture hall for up to 200 people, and a public lobby with display space and a museum shop. Visit http://www.artknowledgenews.com/the_broad_coming_to_la.html for more information.
California Science Center
Aside from it being the West Coast’s largest hands-on science center it also offers an array of visiting exhibitions. The California Science Center is also the future home of the Space Shuttle Endeavour, which will go on public display beginning in late 2012. From May to December 2012, the Science Center welcomes the only West Coast appearance of Cleopatra: The Exhibition, a dramatically staged 13,000-square-foot exhibit that features the largest collection of Cleopatra-era artifacts ever assembled in the U.S. If yo’re looking for something free to do keep in mind that the permanent exhibition galleries are free to access. http://www.californiasciencecenter.org/
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
It has amassed one of the world’s most extensive and valuable collections of natural and cultural history, having more than 35 million objects, some as old as 4.5 billion years. In 2011 we were treated ot the opening of Dinosaur Hall. The museum will be celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2013, and ringing in the anniversary will have in place seven re-imagined galleries, five new permanent exhibitions and approximately 3.5 acres of green space that will be home to an innovative outdoor learning laboratory in the heart of the city. http://www.nhm.org/site/
Los Angeles Zoo
In addition to the wonders we already see at the Los Angeles Zoo they are adding yet another. The new LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles) facility is scheduled to open in the spring of 2012. It will provide magnificent and complementary homes to the Zoo’s outstanding reptile collection, one of the rarest among North American zoos. The reptiles that will be housed there are a result of a a two-year sting operation headed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, which confiscated a smuggler’s cache of Komodo dragons, Chinese alligators, false gavials, Burmese and star tortoises, and the ploughshare tortoise of Madagascar, perhaps the rarest in the world. http://lazoo.org/