MacArthur/Westlake Park is one of L.A.’s oldest parks. Originally an unappreciated swamp used as a city dump, L.A.’s mayor during the late 1800s, William Workman, proposed to have the “swamp” converted into a city park. MacArthur/Westlake Park opened to the public in 1890. (For more history on the park, read the following article by Nathan Masters: “Westlake (MacArthur) Park: How a Neighborhood Dump Became a Civic Treasure”
Recently took a trip to this historical landmark with my Auntie Jeanne to practice street photography. What a great place to people watch…families enjoying picnics, kids playing on the swings and slides…such a fun, photographic atmosphere!
I really enjoyed visiting the park, seeing what it’s like now, and listening to stories from Jeanne of how it was when she was a kid. Too bad they shut down the boathouse…must have been fun to take boat rides across the lake! ~Kat (pics by Kat)