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Lengthy Closures for Saturday Police Gala

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, November 05, 2009, at 05:25PM
Park Closure Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Open space at the new Police Administration Building has been closed since October 28 for Saturday's True Blue gala, put on by the Los Angeles Police Foundation.

Saturday evening's True Blue gala at the new Police Administration Building is expected to draw 800 guests, each of whom has contributed at least $500 to the non-profit Los Angeles Police Foundation. Tonight Show host Conan O'Brien will emcee.

It's likely that some Downtowners feel they've given their own mandatory contribution to the festivities. The new public park constructed as part of the headquarters facility has been closed since October 28, as has the linear landscaping along Spring street and sidewalks along both Spring and 2nd.

1st street and Main street will both be closed during the event, as will sidewalks between 1st and Temple. A sign posted on 1st says that the closure will run from 6pm on Friday through noon on Sunday.

During the building's recent opening, City officials touted the new facility's openness to the community.

While few would question the worth of the Police Foundation cause, the duration of the closures raises questions about how the new park space will be handled in the future.

According to the City's Public Way reservation system, the park space is scheduled to reopen on Tuesday, November 10.

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