Closed for paving and lighting improvements since early March, the city parking lot behind Abbot Kinney Boulevard businesses (bounded by Electric, Santa Clara and California avenues) is now open.

City workers have installed a pay meter system and limited parking to four hours in order to improve turn-over at the formerly free dirt lot.

Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin and members of the local business community will formally dedicate the space at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6.

— Joe Piasecki