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Barnsdall Park gets new security features

EAST HOLLYWOOD — Crews have begun to install a tubular steel fence and two gates around the exposed perimeter of Barnsdall Arts Park to better secure the property.

Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, the city Department of Cultural Affairs and the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation made the announcement Feb. 10.

The project follows several meetings with members of the community and the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation about the need to make improvements to certain areas of the park. The meetings identified several areas of concern including an increase in graffiti and vandalism, inadequate security and the need for general beautification efforts.

The current improvements will prevent people from entering unnoticed and will allow the park security officers to keep the park secure at night.

“My staff and I have worked on a plan since taking office to keep the park secure after hours, and improve the overall visitor experience,” O’Farrell said. “The latest project is just one of the ways we are working to enhance, preserve and protect one of our great city parks. I am focused on bringing Barnsdall back to its intended grandeur.”

In addition to the new fencing, the scope of work will also including making both rolling gates at the street level parking lot on Hollywood Blvd operational to allow for better traffic flow.

“The Department of Recreation and Parks is grateful to Councilmember O’Farrell for his support in ensuring our parks are safe and clean,” said Mike Shull, general manager of the department. “The new fencing at Barnsdall Park will help protect the park and provide security and comfort for this community.”

Barnsdall Art Park is a popular city-owned facility located near Vermont Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard. It is home to a world-class art gallery and the famed Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Hollyhock House, which is currently on the tentative list of the first modern architecture nominations from the United States to the United Nation’s Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization World Heritage List.

The Hollyhock House recently underwent a $4 million renovation. The former garage is being converted into a bookstore, and the motor court will be restored in the coming months.

“These necessary improvements will greatly assist us in our efforts to safeguard the rich art and cultural treasures — Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, Barnsdall Art Center and Junior Arts Center,” said Leslie Thomas of the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs. “Being good stewards of the public trust is a top priority. This is truly a gift of epic proportions.”

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