This isn't the dusty old “Cornfields” you remember from FYF and HARD Festivals of a few years ago. After an extensive overhaul, Los Angeles State Historic Park has emerged as the park this city needs: a sprawling mass of green(ish) open space located right by the Gold Line's Chinatown exit. The former rail yard still has a ways to grow — its baby trees don't provide much shade yet — but there's more than enough room for picnics and morning jogs. Head out to the bridge in the middle of the plot and take in the view of the city that surrounds you in this spot near where downtown and the northeastern portions of Los Angeles intersect. There's a budding public art collection here, too, which includes artist collective Fallen Fruit's project A Monument to Sharing, an orange grove from which anyone can grab a bite. Check out the park's calendar for events ranging from movie screenings to fitness groups.
Credit: Liz Ohanesian