Adding to its growing list of recreational facilities and open space, Playa Vista opened what it calls its state-of-the-art, 7.9-acre Central Park in the Campus portion of the residential and commercial development last month.

Hundreds of Playa Vista residents and employees who work in the Campus came to celebrate the opening of the park, which was designed by architect Michael Maltzan and landscape architect James Burnett.

The celebration began with a special ribbon cutting ceremony in the band shell to inaugurate the new community park, followed by music by the Surf City All-stars.

Playa Vista co-presidents Patti Sinclair and Randy Johnson presided over the festivities.

“On behalf of the entire Playa Vista community, I would like to welcome you to the official grand opening of Central Park at Playa Vista,” Sinclair told the audience. “This is a very exciting afternoon for all of us at Playa Vista; it is wonderful to see such a great turnout as we celebrate the opening of a premier park within the city of Los Angeles.”

Central Park at Playa Vista features a wide variety of recreational facilities including an artificial turf soccer field, a sand volleyball court, full basketball court and an area for bocce ball. The highlight of the new park, Playa Vista officials say, is the band shell performance area, which provides an outdoor venue for concerts, children’s plays, movies and theater performances.

“We are proud to have the finest privately built and maintained public park system anywhere in Los Angeles and, most likely, the country,” Sinclair added.

Among the event’s festivities were youth soccer clinics led by the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), volleyball workshops with beach volleyball legend Sinjin Smith and basketball drills led by the Los Angeles Clippers. Guests were also invited to participate in a self-guided tour to learn about the design process for the park, architectural elements, and the natural features that are helping to bring the eastern portion of the Playa Vista community to life.

Sinclair also mentioned the new LEED-certified office buildings, reuse of the historic Howard Hughes plant site and the riparian corridor to the south, as well as a residential area to the west that is now home to more than 6,500 people.

“Playa is an urban model, and (the) opening of Central Park shows you why that’s so,” the Playa Vista co-president said.

The park is part of a network of four new public parks totaling 12 acres in the Campus at Playa Vista, which is home to two new commercial developments: a 64-acre office campus by Tishman Speyer and Walton Street Capital LLC, and a 15-acre creative style office campus by Lincoln Property Company and ASB Capital Management.