8477 Telegraph Rd.
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
Phone: (562) 291-0025
Fax: (562) 291-0022
8477 Telegraph Rd., Pico Rivera, CA, US, 90660
- Phone: (562) 291-0025
- Fax: (562) 291-0022
Situated in the middle of downtown Downey, the Furman Park is a restful oasis where you can spend a day on your own or with a loved one or family, enjoying one of the picnic areas, jogging or biking trails. In the park rests the Downey Museum of Art - if the sun gets too hot and you need some shade, you can stop in here for a little cultural refreshment. A great day no matter what how you decide to spend it.
This park is named after Pio de Jesus Pico, the last governor of Mexican California. On the property rests Pico's adobe mansion, damaged in the 1987 Whittier earthquake. It does not feature any exhibits because the building is no longer safe for visitors, but it remains one of the oldest adobe structures in Southern California. This is a nice place for a picnic or a quiet day in the park.
The teachings and practices of the Islamic faith can be witnessed first hand at the Al-Ikhlas Mosque in Compton. Serving the local Muslim community, the mosque conducts the ritualistic 5 prayers of the day. It also conducts classes for the young ones in order to bring about a further understanding of the faith. For more information and visiting rules, do call ahead.
The oldest and perhaps the largest cemetery in Los Angeles, the Evergreen Memorial Park and Cemetery is nestled in the sedate neighborhood of East Hollywood. Established in 1877, it houses over 300,000 graves and is the final resting place for many important citizens, ex-mayors of the city and numerous soldiers of the World Wars. Somber and dignified, there's a certain calm that encompasses this place that is a rarity in Hollywood.
Watts Towers is one of the great local landmarks in Los Angeles. Created by construction worker Simon Rodia over a period of three decades from 1921 to 1954, the monument consists of scrap metal, pipe structures, bed frames and thousands of seashells. While Rodia's resourcefulness is amazing, this is truly an impressive piece of work for any artist, given its 17 isolated units of sculpture. The neighborhood of Watts, although a culturally enriched area, was the site of riots in both 1965 and 1992 and should be carefully navigated after dark even to this day. Call for more details.
The California State University in Los Angeles is also referred to as Cal State L.A., CSULA, or CSLA. It is known to have one of the lowest tuition fees without compromising on the quality of education. The courses offered go beyond the usual and the faculty are world-class. Check website for details.
Located in the South of Los Angeles, Charles Drew University is named after a renowned physician Dr. Charles R. Drew. The campus is spread across 11 acres surrounded by greenery. Charles Drew University Of Medicine and Science launches various programs and events to improve the health condition of the population and providing health care facility to the lesser privileged. Programs like 'Head Start' involve the local medical schools, research institutes and Community based organization and the general public. Check website for more details.
The Linda Vista Community Hospital is really the ghost of a Moorish style hospital called Santa Fe Railroad Hospital which was established in 1904. One of the best hospitals in the city in its heyday, it was demolished in 1937; and rebuilt as Linda Vista Community Hospital. However, by then its neighborhood had become the hub of gang wars and criminal activities, making the hospital treat violently wounded gangsters and criminals and increasing its mortality rate manyfold. In 1991, it ceased functioning as a hospital and is now claimed to be haunted. Not surprisingly it has been used to shoot many horror and thriller movies like End Of Days, Shadow Puppets and the eagerly awaited Insidious: Chapter 2.
Muslim worshipers gather for their daily namaz at the Al Rasol Mosque in South Angeles. This sacred place holds services for the community of the area. A number of meetings, classes and teaching groups are conducted at the mosque. Eid and other festivals of the Muslim calendar are celecbrated with pompand gets together the entire community, be it Muslims or Non Muslims.
Managed by the Department of Recreation and Parks, El Sereno Recreation Center provides various facilities to the general public. A venue for various sports and cultural events, the center has an auditorium, basketball courts, community rooms, gymnasium, tennis court and a lot more ways to entertain. The center also has special features like a multipurpose sports field, a stage and a kitchen. The venue is also rented for various local and regional events. In addition to the recreation facilities, the El Sereno Recreational Center also runs a Senior Citizen Center and a Skate park.
The Dunbar Hotel was built in 1928 by John Alexander Somerville in order to afford African Americans with elegant accommodations during their stay in Los Angeles. It was named after African American poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. The hotel often hosted famous guests like Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Cab Calloway and other jazz legends. Nowadays the Dunbar is an apartment building, but it still offers old charm and is worth a look while you're walking down Central Avenue.
Strongly reminiscent of an early 20th century ocean liner, this was indeed the intended effect of architect Robert V. Derrah. Consolidating five ordinary-looking industrial buildings, Derrah created a single structure with soothing streamlined forms, complete with hatch covers and portholes and crowned by a flying bridge. There are also two giant replicas of Coke bottles flanking the Coca-Cola Building, which was once the company's headquarters. The interior of the building is not open to the public, but the exterior certainly warrants a visit.