South Park is a flourishing urban neighborhood nestled in the entertainment hub of Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA). Housing both the famed Sports & Entertainment District and a vibrant residential community, South Park proudly offers something for everyone. Home to L.A. LIVE, Microsoft Theater (formerly Nokia Theater), STAPLES Center, Los Angeles Convention Center, California Hospital Medical Center, world-class restaurants, over 6,000 residents, many new development projects, and much more, South Park is the place to be.
As the two-time recipient of the International Downtown Association (IDA) Pinnacle Award – in 2015 for Public Space Improvements and in 2016 for Events and Programming – the South Park Business Improvement District (BID) continues to ensure that the neighborhood is reaching its full potential and moving toward bigger and better goals.
On January 2, 2016, South Park expanded to cover the area east of the current Business Improvement District (BID). To learn more about the expansion visit the South Park II BID page.
What is a BID
A Business Improvement District (BID) is a formally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in a defined region. BIDs vary in the supplemental services they provide, such as public safety, maintenance, marketing, and capital improvements. The efforts are funded by a special assessment paid by the property owners in the district. A BID is a public/private partnership, which allows governing bodies and property/business owners to unite in a collective effort for the maintenance, development, and promotion of their commercial district.
About the South Park BID
The South Park BID (SPBID) works relentlessly to ensure the Southwest corner of DTLA is clean, safe and ever-improving. Launched in 2005, the South Park BID is a non-profit 501(c)6 managed by the South Park Stakeholders Group.
Nestled in the Sports & Entertainment District, the SPBID manages the area containing the STAPLES Center, L.A. LIVE, Los Angeles Convention Center, California Hospital Medical Center, and LA Metro Pico station stop. The general boundaries of operation currently cover a 32-square-block region outlined by the Harbor 110 freeway (West), the Santa Monica 10 freeway (South), Margo Street alley (East), and Olympic Boulevard jumping to 9th Street at Flower Street (North).
A Board of Directors, made up of South Park property owners and stakeholders, oversees the management of the SPBID. The full-time management team leads the day-to-day operations of SPBID initiatives and programs including: security and maintenance of our streets, coordination with local developers, interaction with our valued residents, and business support services. The Board of Directors also works closely with city agencies in carrying out the City of Los Angeles-approved South Park BID Management Plan.
Our Clean and Safety Teams, who are easily recognized by their signature forest green South Park uniforms, patrol South Park 24-hours a day, seven days a week to ensure a positive experience for visitors and residents.
The mission of the SPBID is to continually support the unique living and commerce experience for its residents and businesses by facilitating a safe, clean, collaborative and wholesome environment, while leveraging the opportunities that arise due to its location and role in the historic transformation of DTLA.
The SPBID Safety Team prioritizes neighborhood safety. Recognized anywhere in the district by their distinct forest green South Park uniforms, our highly trained Safety Team supplements the work of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), as the eyes and ears of South Park.
Patrolling 24-hours a day, seven days a week by foot, bike, Segway, or vehicle, the Safety Team assists with activities such as public street disorder, and panhandling, in addition to visitor assistance, special events support, and accompanied walk services.
Contracted by Streetplus, a safety provider for BIDs throughout the country, our dependable and enthusiastic Safety Team is trained to ensure the best experience for all visitors, workers, and residents of South Park.
To view the Safety Team stats Year to Date, click here.
For more information on the Safety Team, contact Johnthon Hunter Safety Program Manager.
The SPBID Clean Team prioritizes neighborhood cleanliness. The Clean Team diligently works seven days a week to enhance the pedestrian experience within the district by keeping the public spaces of South Park maintained and aesthetically-appealing.
Contracted by the Los Angeles Conservation Corps since 2005, the Clean Team focuses on the beautification and maintenance of South Park’s sidewalks, alleys, bus stops, and other public areas by performing services such as:
- Street and gutter sweeping
- Trash emptying
- Graffiti removal
- Pet waste removal
- Sidewalk pressure washing
- Tree and vegetation maintenance
- Bulky item removal (occasional)
Some of our average monthly cleaning stats include:
- Covering over 3,500 square feet of graffiti
- Removing 30,000 pounds of trash
- Maintaining 2,000,000 feet of sidewalk
To view the Clean Team stats Year to Date, click here.
For more information on the Clean Team, contact Victor Gonzalez, Maintenance Program Manager.