LOS ANGELES, CA — The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association has named the Hollywood Bowl Main Gate in honor of Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, in recognition of his unwavering support of the arts in Los Angeles.
As Third District County Supervisor, Yaroslavsky has helped to modernize the Hollywood Bowl, improving the overall experience for the millions of people who visit the iconic venue. Yaroslavsky provided County funds to help renovate the Bowl’s shell, bench seating in the theater, restrooms, large LED screens, park furnishings and lighting, and the picnic areas located throughout the Bowl grounds. Yaroslavsky was also the leading proponent of the 1996 park and open-space funding measure Proposition A, which provided funding for infrastructure improvements at the Bowl, including accessible seating and elevators.
A longstanding supporter of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Yaroslavsky was instrumental in the development and building of the LA Phil’s winter home, Walt Disney Concert Hall. Diane B. Paul, Board Chair of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, comments, “As Supervisor Yaroslavsky prepares to step down, those of us at the LA Phil and in the larger arts community pay tribute to his enduring commitment to the cultural life of the County. Zev is a true champion for the arts and has played a central role in the renovation of the Hollywood Bowl and the development of Walt Disney Concert Hall. We could think of no more fitting tribute to his legacy than naming the Bowl’s Main Gate ‒ a gate through which more than a million people pass each year ‒ in his honor.”
“Some of my fondest memories are of visiting the Hollywood Bowl as a child with my parents,” Yaroslavsky said. “Representing the Bowl for the past 20 years as County Supervisor for the area has been both a privilege, and a sacred trust,” he continued, “so this is really a very, very special honor for me. I’m deeply grateful for this recognition.”