Exposition Park, Los Angeles
Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird at Exposition Park, 2021

Exposition Park is a 160-acre urban park (65 ha) in the south region of Los Angeles, California,[1] in the Exposition Park neighborhood. Established in 1872 as an agricultural fairground, the park includes the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, BMO Stadium, the California Science Center, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and the California African American Museum.[2] The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is under construction. Bounded by Exposition Boulevard to the north, South Figueroa Street to the east, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to the south and Vermont Avenue to the west, it is directly south of the main campus of the University of Southern California.[3]

The park is a public open space, managed by the Sixth District Agricultural Association.


The historic Mission Revival style Exposition Club House, a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.

Exposition Park houses the following:

Dana R. Weller and Paul Engstrom laying the cornerstone of the California Exposition Building in 1910 (Los Angeles Herald)
A Douglas DC-8 near the Air and Space Exhibits Gallery

The cultural facilities mentioned above are operated by both the state and Los Angeles County.

Former venues


The 160-acre (0.65 km2) site served as an agricultural fairground from 1872 to 1910 (hence its original name, "Agricultural Park"). In 1880, John Edward, Ozro W. Childs, and former California Governor John G. Downey persuaded the State of California to purchase 160 acres (0.65 km2) in Los Angeles to foster agriculture in the Southland. Farmers sold their harvest and arces on the grounds, while horses, dogs, and even camels competed on a racetrack where a rose garden now sits and blooms. In 1909, a group of civic-minded individuals led by former Pasadena Mayor Horace Dobbins set about reforming the park, removing the racetrack and other activities and replacing them with gardens and museums.[4]

At the 2028 Summer Olympics, the Coliseum will host Athletics as well as the main closing ceremony. The BMO Stadium will be one of the soccer venues.[5]

Public transportation

Along the northern edge of the park, the Metro E Line light rail line serves the park with its Expo Park/USC Station. On the northeast, (Flower Street and 37th Street), the Metro J Line bus rapid transit serves Exposition Park & USC at its 37th Street/USC Station on the Harbor Transitway. The J Line station is located on the freeway median level of the 1-110 freeway.

Department of Public Safety

Not to be confused with California Exposition and State Fair Police.

The Exposition Park Department of Public Safety provides law enforcement and security services to the Park. DPS officers are California peace officers sworn under section 830.7 of the California Penal Code and have peace officer powers of arrest while on duty.[6] Since 2014, the DPS has been managed under contract by the California Highway Patrol, who provide management, leadership, training, and policy development for the DPS.[7] The Chief of the Department is CHP Captain Mariano Santiago.[7]

See also


  1. ^ [1]"South L.A." Mapping L.A., Los Angeles Times
  2. ^ Lubell, Sam (May 30, 2019). "Exposition Park plans a makeover that would make Seurat smile". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
  3. ^ [2] Mapquest.com
  4. ^ Charles P. Hobbs (2014). Hidden History of Transportation in Los Angeles. The History Press. ISBN 9781626196711.
  5. ^ http://la24-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/assets/pdf/LA2024-canditature-part2_english.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  6. ^ "Public Safety – Exposition Park". expositionpark.ca.gov. Retrieved November 11, 2020.
  7. ^ a b "(519) Exposition Park". www.chp.ca.gov. Retrieved November 11, 2020.

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