Christian La Mont and First Friday Campfires

Christian and First Friday Campfires

One of the things he loves about the park is its accessibility. “You can drive here, you can go to Union Station and take the Yellow Line and walk across the street. You can Uber or bike here from the LA River. From all the barriers that people face, this one seems to be one of the most easily accessible parks. You feel this warm welcome when you come into the gates. I do understand that there’s been a lot of pain historically in this area between Chavez Ravine and the Tongva people and the displacement that’s happened. There are ongoing efforts from the staff at LA Historic State Historic Park to make amends or at least acknowledge that, so I do find my emotional connection to this place would be one of healing.”

Christian grew up in Mexico, where he created memories with his brother while flying kites. “Being able to have a wide, open space like the LA State Historic Park, to fly our kites, to be together as brothers I think is one of my favorite memories from this park.”