On Tuesday, the city of Los Angeles celebrated the opening of a new playground at Pan Pacific Park with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and remarks from City Council Member David Ryu.
Ryu said in a statement prior to the event, “Strong parks build strong communities, and countless Angelenos rely on Pan Pacific Park for recreation and green space…That’s why we have built new athletic fields, rebuilt the baseball diamond, redone the irrigation system, and why we are opening this playground today. Parks matter, and especially in a community as vibrant and diverse as Mid-City, we should be making sure that every child has a quality place to play.”
After the event, CD 4 spokesperson Mark Pampanin told the Buzz, “This is the 5th new or renovated playground Councilmember Ryu has opened in Council District Four this year alone, and it is a part of a whole Pan Pacific Park Master Plan, which includes the $4 million improvements completed last year to open a new athletic field, renovate the baseball diamond, new basketball courts, create a new and improved irrigation system, and more. ” A press release from the Department of Recreation and Parks also noted that the soccer field and lighting at the park have been improved as part of the overall upgrade project.
The colorful new play space, in the southern section of the park, also serves kids of all ability levels. “Though every part of the play system is climbable,” said the city statement, “this playground also includes accessible, interactive play and learning activities at ground level for everyone to enjoy.”