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LAPD Lawn Still Brown Two Months After Gala

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, January 11, 2010, at 04:56PM
LAPD Lawn Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Tire tracks from heavy machinery used as part of setup and teardown for a November 7 gala are still visible on the lawn at LAPD's new headquarters.

Two months after a gala event at the new Police Administration Building caused heavy damage to the nearly one-acre lawn along 2nd street, neighbors are still left waiting for a fix.

The Police Foundation has promised to pay for the damage, but the timeline for getting a contractor in to replace the grass is uncertain. Also unclear is what is causing the lawn's dozen palm trees to wilt.

The park space at the new LAPD headquarters opened to the public in September, but was closed off for nearly two weeks around the November 7 "True Blue" gala. The heavy equipment used to assemble a large tent left deep tire tracks on the now-patchy brown lawn.

While the Los Angeles Police Foundation was quick to accept responsibility for the situation and its repair, getting the fix done has been a longer process.

The contractor who will be doing the work has surveyed the damage and will hopefully start the job in the next few weeks, said Thom Brennan, commanding officer of facilities management.

Most noticeable to those passing by is the poor condition of the 12 palm trees planted near the corner of 2nd and Spring, but Brennan said that the two are unrelated. The department is consulting with the city's Recreation and Parks department to figure out how to bring the trees back to health.

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