LOS ANGELES NATIONAL VETERANS PARK
LOS ANGELES NATIONAL VETERANS PARK MISSION
To honor veterans past and present, deepening respect for those who allow us to live in freedom.
To heal veterans in an environment of serenity and camaraderie.
To unite all through celebrating the spirit of patriotism.
To educate the generations with a lasting understanding of the American Veteran.
Creating a 16-acre park honoring the history of veterans requires the VPC to talk to citizens with knowledge of American history and our veterans' roles in war and peace. A series of focus groups with historians is in progress.
We are also conducting interviews with medical professionals from the WLA VA and the community, seeking guidance in designing the optimum environment to promote restorative healing. Focus groups with veterans are also giving us sharper insights in how they wish to be understood and remembered as an important part of American life.
The VA is developing a health care initiative that augments traditional Western medicine with alternative therapies, such as yoga, tai chi and meditation based on current research and direct input from veterans. Accordingly, the VPC has formed a “partnership for healing” with the VA to ensure that the park becomes an environment that complements this new approach.
The new park will have athletic and recreational facilities as a result of this input from patients, VA medical and treatment experts, as well as the VPC’s combined planning effort. As an example, plans now include an outdoor grass amphitheater to be used for entertainment as well as designated areas for physical activities, e.g. a running/walking track, areas for volleyball, bocce ball, badminton and horseshoes.