Police Academy reopens in Elysian Park


A grand re-opening  ceremony is scheduled Thursday morning, Sept. 15,  to mark the completion of an extensive renovation of the LAPD Elysian Park Academy.

The two-part project included an approximately $16 million renovation to bring mechanical and structural systems up to modern standards while preserving the  historic character of the property, which includes several buildings, including a gym shooting range and the Revolver Cafe, operated by the Los Angeles Police Revolver and Athletic Club.

Meanwhile, a new $18.7 million training facility is also nearing completion on the grounds, according to the city’s Bureau of Engineering.  That two-story, 21,000 square-foot, building with offices, classrooms and storage space will replace several trailers and temporary buildings.

The renovation had been in the works for decades and was complicated by disputes between the city and the police athletic club over ownership and control of the property, which occupies a small canyon off of the 1800 block of Academy Road.

Thursday’s ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10 am.

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