LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion authored by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis and Supervisor Sheila Kuehl to dedicate an area of Grand Park in honor of Rosalind “Roz” Wiener Wyman.
“If you bleed Dodger blue, you can credit that love to Roz as she helped bring the Dodgers to Los Angeles. She was also behind the idea of connecting Los Angeles City Hall up to Grand Avenue through a park where all Angelenos could gather. That idea took 60 years to become a reality, but that is why Roz is a visionary whose dreams changed both this City and County. I’m grateful for Roz’s friendship, inspired by the legacy she’s paved, and honored to move this action forward ─ especially on her 92nd birthday! Today we celebrate Roz and her love for Los Angeles,” said Supervisor Solis.
Ever since Roz walked off the University of Southern California campus in 1952 with a degree in Public Administration and into the Los Angeles City Council Chamber at the age of 22, then the youngest elected legislator in a major U.S. city, she has been a pioneering force in shaping Los Angeles into the city it is today.
During the 12 years (1953-1965) that Roz served as a member of the Los Angeles City Council, she was the first woman to serve as Acting Mayor for the City of Los Angeles, successfully brought the Dodgers to Los Angeles, had a major hand in moving the Lakers basketball team to Los Angeles, proposed and passed a $39.5 million bond to create parks, playgrounds, recreation centers, and beaches, and served on the Coliseum Commission.
Roz was a strong advocate for building The Music Center in the 1960s, now home to the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Ahmanson Theatre, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and Mark Taper Forum. From 1979 through 1985, Roz was an outspoken member of the National Endowment for the Arts. She served two terms as President of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission as well as the Los Angeles City Cultural Affairs Commission. Roz continues to work tirelessly to increase national appropriations for the arts
“Roz Wyman has set an example for every woman in elected office in California. She’s been a terrific role model, she’s hard-headed in the best way, with loads and loads of heart, and we all owe her a great debt of gratitude for her devotion to women in public life,” said Supervisor Kuehl.
The motion moves that the Fountain Overlook in Grand Park (between Grand Avenue and the Sachi A. Hamai Terrace) be named the “Roz Wyman Court” commemorating Roz’s service to Angelenos.
Read today’s full motion here.
About Grand Park
A vibrant outdoor gathering place, Grand Park is a beautiful public park for the entire community in Los Angeles County. With expansive green space for gatherings large and small, Grand Park celebrates the county’s cultural vitality and is host to community events, cultural experiences, holiday celebrations, and many other activities that engage and attract visitors from all communities. The 12-acre Grand Park stretches from The Music Center on the west to City Hall on the east and is easily accessible by Metro via the B/D (formerly Red/Purple) line to the Civic Center/Grand Park station. The park was named one of the American Planning Association’s 10 “Great Public Spaces” in the U.S. in 2013. Working closely with the county, The Music Center is responsible for all operations and programming for the park. For more information, visit grandparkla.org. Follow Grand Park on Instagram, Twitter, Twitch, TikTok, Spotify, and Mixcloud (@grandpark_la) as well as YouTube and Facebook(@grandparkLosAngeles).
About The Music Center
The Music Center (TMC) convenes artists, communities, and ideas to deepen the cultural lives of every resident in Los Angeles County. The $70 million non-profit performing arts organization has two divisions: TMC Arts and TMC Ops. TMC Arts, The Music Center’s programming engine, provides year-round programming inside The Music Center’s four theatres, on Jerry Moss Plaza, outside at Grand Park—a 12-acre adjacent green space—in schools and other locations all over Los Angeles County, and on a digital platform called The Music Center Offstage. TMC Arts presents free and low-cost public concerts and events, as well as live and digital K–12 arts education programs, workshops, performances, interactive experiences, and special events. TMC Ops manages the theatres, the Plaza, and Grand Park, which comprise $2 billion in county assets, on behalf of the County of Los Angeles. The Music Center is also home to four renowned resident companies—Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles Master Chorale, LA Opera, and LA Phil. For more information, visit musiccenter.org. Follow The Music Center on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @MusicCenterLA.