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Pershing Square

An outdoor concert, event center and public park located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles

Welcome to Pershing Square Outdoor Concert and Event Center

Pershing Square, a Los Angeles City, icon is located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. It is considered one of the most unique facilities the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks operates. Over the past fifteen years, through the creative work of staff, the volunteer work of the Park Advisory Board and the support of the downtown community Pershing Square is becoming the “Living Room” of Downtown Los Angeles.

Pershing Square holds several community and special events throughout the year. Highlights of the Pershing Square season include the Downtown Stage a six week summer concert series from July through August, an outdoor ice skating rink November through January and a Saint Patrick’s Day celebration. Outdoor Movies run every Friday night May to October. A Farmers Market and Food Truck Fridays are offered year round. The city-scape Aqueduct Art Gallery presents six outdoor art shows from April through October. A new Chess Terrace game area will be available this summer. Wi-Fi is available for free to the public. A three level parking garage is located directly under the venue and twenty four hour security is available to our visitors.

Find information regarding all our events by viewing the Pershing Square web site event pages. Direct links within the site allow quick easy access to answer all your questions.

Have a great summer and see you at the "Square"

History

Some things you should know about us.

Dedicated for use by Mayor Aguilar in 1866, this park land was named "La Plaza Abaja." In 1886, it was renovated with an official park plan designed by Fred Eaton. In 1911, the park was redesigned by John Parkinson to reflect the social and economic growth of the city.

During World War I, the Square was often the scene for militia receptions and provided a forum for public speakers. On November 8, 1918, the park was formally named Pershing Square in honor of the World War I general.

The next major change came in the 1950s, when an 1800-car garage was built beneath the park. In 1989, the Pershing Square Property Association and the Community Redevelopment Agency contributed to assist the Department of Recreation and Parks in the renovation of the park. Architect Ricardo Legoretta and landscapist Laurie Olin designed the current park plan, and the park was rededicated on February 3, 1994.

For more history and walking tours, contact the L.A. Conservancy.

Location

532 South Olive Street Los Angeles, CA 90013

Directions

Dash

From City Hall ride DASH "B" toward the Financial District and exit Olive at 6th Street. From the Garland Building ride DASH "E," exit Olive at 7th Street, and walk north one block. For alternate routes, visit LADOT.

Metro/Subway

Ride the Red Line toward downtown Los Angeles and exit Pershing Square (5th Street). For alternate routes, visit MTA.

Vehicles

Drive the 110 Freeway toward Downtown Los Angeles and exit 6th Street. For parking information, call 213-473-5557.

Additional Information

Disabled Person

Parking is available on the first level of our parking facility. An elevator is also located at the center of the garage. Interpreters, assisted listening devices, and other services may be provided upon request. Please call 888-LA-PARKS or visit www.laparks.org/pershingsquare

Park Advisory Board

The essential to the overall operation of a recreation facility

Park Advisory Boards and their members are essential to the overall operation of a recreation facility. The partnership between staff and community is of primary importance in identifying and meeting the recreational needs of the community.

Our vision is to provide diverse and beautiful recreation facilities, and innovative leadership for the universal enjoyment of our residents and visitors. P.A.B. enables us to work together to make facilities safe, clean and hospitable.

All meetings are scheduled at 8:30 am in the Pershing Square downstairs conference room.

  • January 11
  • February 8
  • March 14
  • April 11
  • May 9
  • June 11
  • July 9
  • August 13
  • September 10
  • October 8
  • November 12
  • December 10

For more information on attending a meeting, please call 213-847-4970.

Contact

Come on. We have introduced ourself much. Just leave a message.

Pershing Square Office Hours

  • M-F 9:00AM—5:30PM
  • Staff is on-site for weekend special events. Pershing Square has 24-hour security.

Contact Persons

Louise Capone, Senior Recreation Director I
  • Gus Sedano, Recreation Coordinator
  • 532 South Olive Street Los Angeles, CA 90013
  • Phone: 213-847-4970 | Fax: 213-485-0985
  • Email: pershing.square@lacity.org
Jose Flores, Parking Garage Manager
  • 530 South Olive Street Los Angeles, CA 90013
  • Phone: 213-473-5556 | Fax: 213-473-5554

Permits & Venue Rental

For film shoots or venue rentals please contact the Pershing Square Recreation Office and speak with the director in charge.

  • 530 S. Olive Los Angeles, CA 90013
  • Phone: 213-847-4970

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Permits & Venue Rental

For film shoots or venue rentals please contact the Pershing Square Recreation Office and speak with the director in charge.

  • 530 S. Olive Los Angeles, CA 90013
  • Phone: 213-847-4970

The permit message contact is Lindsay Donaldson at 213-485-1645. Permit request are taken on Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays between the hours of 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM. All applicants must schedule a walk through with Pershing Square staff. Venue walk throughs are held every Tuesday and Thursday between the hours of 1:00 and 3:00 PM.

Film companies are requested to have paper work and payment complete one week prior to scheduled film shoot. Rental Applicants are requested to have paper work and payment complete one month prior to event.

Booking & Entertainment

If you would like your music group to be considered for a concerts series please mail a promotional package to Pershing Square care of "Artist Relations" at 532 S. Olive Los Angeles, CA 90013.

Send an EPK to Pershing.Square@lacity.org. Please include all contact information. All musicians, manager or booking agents may submit. All music content, stage set up, audio input and riders are reviewed before presentation selection.