Did you know there was a secret garden hidden behind the Walt Disney Concert Hall? Most people stand on Grand Avenue and take pictures of the Frank Gehry designed Los Angeles landmark, but few head up the staircases at either the southeast or northwest corners of the building and check out what’s behind the building. What’s there is officially called the Walt Disney Concert Hall Community Park. It’s a beautiful hidden oasis in the middle of DTLA. It’s a little pocket park with tables and benches tucked amongst trees, shrubs and flowers. At the center of the garden is a rose shaped mosaic fountain dedicated to Walt’s wife, Lillian. It’s covered in chards of Delft China, apparently it was Lillian’s favorite.
Grab lunch at a nearby restaurant and bring it up to the garden. This is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of Downtown L.A.
While you are back in the garden, be sure to check out the walkway that goes up and around the building. See Gehry’s masterpiece up close in the narrow paths and staircases that surround the building.
Walt Disney Concert Hall 111 So. Grand Avenue (at W. 1st Street)