Pershing Square

Pershing Square is a small public park in downtown Los Angeles
  • Address: 532 S. Olive Street Los Angeles, CA 90013
  • Type: Park
  • Designed by: Ricardo Legorreta and Laurie Olin
  • Opened: 1994

General Information 

Pershing Square is a one square block in size public park, bounded by 5th Street to the north, 6th Street to the south, Hill Street to the east, and Olive Street to the west.  It lies atop a large underground parking garage.


In 1867, St. Vincent College was across the street to the park. The park became informally known as St. Vincent's Park.  The park continued to be renamed.  In 1870 it was officially named Los Angeles Park and in 1886 it was renamed 6th Street Park.  It was redesigned with an "official park plan."  In the early 1890s the renaming continued and  the park became Central Park.

In 1910 the park was renovated under a design  by John Parkinson.    In the 1920s and 1930s tropical plant were added to the park.  Several statues of historical figures were added to the park.

In the 1950s, many of the palm trees were excavated  from the park and sent to be used in the Disneyland ride The Jungle Cruise.

A major renovation began in 1992 by architect and landscape architect Ricardo Legorreta and landscape architect Laurie Olin.  The redesigned park
opened in 1994 with a 10-story purple bell tower and fountains.


Public art included a walkway representing an earthquake fault line, a concert stage, a seasonal ice rink, and a small plaza with seating. Seasonal events occur in the park such as a temporary ice rink in the winter and live concerts in the summer.

Ice Skating during the winter
Summer Concerts


 1. ^ a b c d e "Pershing Square". Retrieved on 2018-07-06.


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