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BLOG: DTLA Park Perks

Want to enjoy the sun of SoCal without venturing too far from home? Once only known as the center of commerce and finance in the city, Downtown Los Angeles has transformed into a hub for well-heeled creatives who appreciate the more beautiful things life has to offer—including some of the best outdoor spaces and parks in the city. And at the DTLA luxury rentals of 888 at Grand Hope Park, you're just minutes away from the most splendidly designed and maintained ones. So, slather on some sunscreen and enjoy the more verdant aspects of city living. There's no need to make the trip up to Runyon Canyon or Griffith Park when there are plenty of parks for you to take in right in your backyard.

Since the 19th century, Pershing Square has acted as an oasis for residents from its time as a settlement camp to the culture-filled public space it is today. This park may be petite, but it's brimming with art. You'll find sculpture and installations that are inspired by Los Angeles's long history, like the creative representation of a fault line in the center, curated orange groves, and even the fountain that represents the city's famous aqueducts. Take your children here for an afternoon spent in the playground. Throughout the year, Pershing Square has lots of cultural programming, too, including concerts, walking tours, and the eagerly anticipated ice-skating rink every winter—yes, with real ice. Or you can always just go to the park, unwind, and catch some shade under the palm trees to cool off.

Another place to relax in the refreshing shade is Grand Hope Park. Its striking and colorful clock tower, designed by Lawrence Halprin and festooned with mosaic tiles, welcomes visitors to this playful greenspace. Opened in 1993, it was intended to be a pedestrian paradise and is separated into different "rooms" with interactive fountains, a playground, and plenty of seating under pergolas. There are no dogs allowed, which means you can picnic or luxuriate on the manicured lawns without worry.

If you really would like a carefree day in the park, you don't even need to leave home. 888 at Grand Hope Park is home to an exclusive retreat on the 8th floor, where you'll find the most extensive private resort park of any private rental in Los Angeles. Not only is it mere seconds (and just an elevator ride) from your DTLA rental, but it's also full of unique features. Enter the park through the lounge and fitness center, and you're treated to a flourishing paradise with stunning views of Los Angeles. It's a quick escape to nature, where you can walk amid the leafy groves, swim and relax at the pool and cabana, walk your dog in the on-site dog park, cook in the dining grove with outdoor kitchens, or even watch movies in the outdoor theater.

No matter your preference for parks, you're sure to find one to love in the heart of Los Angeles at 888 at Grand Hope Park.