LA Pride site at West Hollywood Park to be reduced almost 70 percent

Attendees at the 2015 LA Pride Festival in West Hollywood show their pride. Photo: City of West Hollywood/Joshua Barash

WEST HOLLYWOOD — Due to the ongoing construction at West Hollywood Park, this year’s LA Pride Festival will lose a significant part of the park — almost 70 percent — but will help make up for it by using the plaza at the Pacific Design Center, an official said.

The LA Pride Festival will take place June 10 and 11.

The park is undergoing a massive three-year construction project that began in January.

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“The person who does our technical drawings and site maps estimated that 70 percent of the space we are typically used to is now unavailable to us,” said Chris Classen, president of Christopher Street West, the West Hollywood-nonprofit that produces the LA Pride Festival and Parade.

“We have partially made up (that loss) by utilizing the fountain plaza at the Pacific Design Center, which will still allow us to program an event that will look very familiar to most pride attendees,” he said.

The pop-dance stage will be located on the park’s lawn, while the Latin stage will be across the street on the Pacific Design Center’s plaza, Classen said.

Pride is planning to locate the hip-hop stage at San Vicente Boulevard and Melrose Avenue, but hasn’t yet confirmed that location with the city, Classen said.

The festival also will be housed on San Vicente Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue.


Phase two of the park reconstruction, which is part of the master plan, is projected to cost almost $95 million and will add an aquatic and recreation center with two rooftop swimming pools and a multi-sport court, small and large dog parks, expanded green spaces, new children’s playgrounds and an AIDS Monument, which will be next to the West Hollywood Library and parking structure, which were completed in 2011 as part of the first phase of the project.

Editor’s note: This story was updated with information from Christopher Street West President Chris Classen, who helped clarify details about the location of the LA Pride Festival.

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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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