LA city officials, kids mark opening of multi-million dollar rec center

Lafayette Park Recreation Center
Lafayette Park Recreation Center
Courtesy Lafayette Park Recreation Center

Los Angeles city officials, neighborhood leaders and plenty of kids officially re-opened a newly renovated recreation center at Lafayette Park today.

L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa praised the 15,000-square-foot project.

“At a time when people are struggling to make ends meet and just don’t feel like they can squeeze their belts even tighter to provide more revenues for our great city," said Villaraigosa, "we’ve got to figure out new ways of doing things. And public-private partnerships is the third way.”

The nonprofit Heart of Los Angeles partnered with the L.A. Recreation and Parks Department to transform the center on Wilshire Boulevard east of downtown. Developers call the building “eco-friendly.”

It features classrooms, a tech lab and a gymnasium. The renovation project’s price tag is nearly $10 million.