After a nearly two-year renovation project, The Music Center and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors celebrated the grand re-opening of The Music Center Plaza Wednesday.
The plaza was closed for 20 months while a $41-million renovation took place to turn the outdoor space into an “accessible, welcoming outdoor urban space for all,” officials said. About a quarter of the funding came from donations.
“It’s so exciting to see the completion of this beautiful space and to see our years of work result in this plaza for all,” said Lisa Specht, chair of The Music Center’s board of directors. “The Music Center Plaza is now a warm and inviting space that soon will be filled with friends and families who will come here to have fun.”
Significant infrastructure improvements were made during the renovation projects, along with upgraded access for the disabled, officials said. The project included the construction of five new buildings, including the Lisa Specht Welcome Center, permanent public restrooms and three dining locations.
The plaza will be home to free and low-cost events and activities that showcase the talents of the many artists and distinctive communities of Los Angeles, officials said.
During the ceremony, a Native American land acknowledgement was led Anthony Morales, who’s also known as Chief Red Blood, the tribal chairman of the Gabrieleno band of Mission Indians. A drum circle of 120 local percussionists was led by Gino Gamboa, Andrew Grueschow, Malik Sow and Bryan Yamami. The ceremony also included the re-activation of plaza’s fountain. Tours will be offered throughout the week of the center’s new food establishments: Abernethy’s, The Mullin Wine Bar, and Go Get `Em Tiger.