Hours of Operation

Harvard-Westlake will mostly use the athletic amenities of the River Park campus between 1 p.m. – 8 p.m., with peak use between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Some indoor evening events may last until 9:30 p.m. On Saturdays, athletic amenities will be used only between 9 a.m. and sunset except for up to ten Saturday evenings per year when outdoor events could extend to 8 p.m. and indoor events to 9:30 p.m. No Harvard-Westlake athletic activities will take place on Sundays.

Members of the community and teaching pros may play and teach on the tennis courts when they are not in use by Harvard-Westlake athletes. In general, this means that the courts will be open to the public between 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on days when Harvard-Westlake uses the courts, and even longer hours on days when Harvard-Westlake does not use them. Currently, Harvard-Westlake anticipates turning off the tennis court lights by 8 p.m. every night.

The portion of the Harvard-Westlake River Park that is on Harvard-Westlake property will be open 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. . LA River Greenway hours will likely remain the same as current.

To be determined, but the school is aware of the concern about maintenance activities that generate noise, such as leaf-blowing and lawn trimming. Harvard-Westlake expects to develop an agreement with immediate neighbors of the property that will restrict noise-generating maintenance activities to certain days and times.

Environmental Stewardship

Harvard-Westlake intends to develop the largest privately funded stormwater capture, clean-up, and re-use system in the City of Los Angeles. Per our engineers, during a storm event, the entire neighborhood north of the property up to Moorpark drains to the River Park site. It is estimated that this runoff represents 900,000 gallons of water during a 1” rain event. For comparison, a 50M swimming pool is about 900,000 gallons. Harvard-Westlake intends to install basins to capture this runoff, clean it, and use it for irrigation on-site.

Landscaping, primarily, as well as water features for general public enjoyment and migrating water fowl.

If capacity is reached and onsite uses have been exhausted, water would be discharged into the Los Angeles River. But, it would only be discharged into the River after it is treated (i.e., cleaned). Eventually, such water drains to the ocean so there are many benefits to treating it before it is discharged.

Two of the leading geotechnical firms in the City determined that groundwater recharge is not recommended at the River Park site given the risk of liquefaction during an earthquake. The geotechnical study that analyzed this condition was previously accepted by the City.

Tennis

Yes. Hours to be determined but likely between 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on days when Harvard-Westlake uses the courts, and longer hours on days when Harvard-Westlake does not use the courts.

Yes. Hours to be determined but likely between 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. on days when Harvard-Westlake uses the courts, and longer hours on days when Harvard-Westlake does not use the courts.

The draft plan calls for eight courts, all of which will be brand new and include modern, shielded LED lights.

Fields

Havard-Westlake currently has more demand for athletic field space than it has space available. Because of the number of sports in which the school participates at the boys and girls freshman, JV, and varsity levels, it is not uncommon for 2 or 3 teams to share the one field on the upper school campus for practices, increasing the risk of injury and decreasing the quality of practice. Hosting an interscholastic competition on the field eliminates the ability for any other team to use the field for practice. And, with only one field, practices often run well into the evening hours, making it difficult for our families to enjoy time together in the evenings.

Synthetic, which is a superior solution from an environmental standpoint.

  • On the fields…. Soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, track & field activities, football practice (not games), conditioning activities for other sports.
  • In the gym…. Volleyball, basketball, badminton, team handball, wrestling, conditioning activities for other sports.
  • In the pool…. Water polo, swimming & diving.
  • On the tennis courts…. Tennis.

The athletic facilities will support a combination of games and practices, with an understanding that football games will NOT be played at the River Park campus, and that all outdoor competition will end before 8 p.m.

Gym

Taper Gymnasium on the upper school campus is often host to games…multiple boys and girls volleyball teams, multiple boys and girls basketball teams, each with its own season and practice/game schedule. On game days, no other teams can use the gym, sending more volume than we can accommodate to the non-regulation sized Hamilton Gymnasium, in which competition or varsity practices cannot take place given its short and unsafe dimensions.

Lights

Yes. Field lights are part of the River Park campus plan. Harvard-Westlake’s plan of operation for the River Park campus calls for a maximum of 600 hours per year of use of outdoor lights (generally, lights out by 8 p.m. on weekdays and 6 p.m. on weekends, when they are in use at all). This compares to over 2000 hours per year of current use by the driving range (lights on until 11 p.m. every day). In addition, the driving range fixtures do not focus light to avoid light spill into the neighborhood. The field lights Harvard-Westlake will install will be highly-focused LED lights with shields that eliminate spillover.

Pool

Public access to the swimming pool will be determined subject to public safety concerns and liability issues. Harvard-Westlake will certainly consider public access to the pool based on community interest.

The pool will have lights. On some nights, those lights will be in use up until 8 p.m. On other nights, pool activity will cease before 8 p.m. And, of course, during the summer when there is natural light past 8 p.m., artificial light will not be required.

Access

The property will be accessible to Harvard-Westlake students and faculty/staff during normal hours that our athletic programs run (roughly 1 p.m. until 8 p.m.). Usage will be heaviest on normal school days (approx. 200 days per year) and lightest on weekends and holidays.

Public access to the riverfront amenities will be made available on most days (perhaps excluding holidays and/or Sundays), hours to be determined (likely 7 a.m. – sunset).

Harvard-Westlake will need to work out jurisdictional issues with LAPD and other authorities because the school’s private security teams do not have the authority to enforce loitering or other laws along the River Greenway. On Harvard-Westlake property, even those portions open to the public, the school will maintain a full-time security team, along with video surveillance and other security features, to ensure that areas that are open to the public are safe, enjoyable, and are used for their intended purposes.

Yes, it is likely that students will drive to the site for practices + games. But, the school will also run shuttle busses and will encourage walking and carpooling. We anticipate that parking for the site will be primarily underground, all ingress / egress from the garage will be signaled and off Whitsett, and that anyone driving from the main campus to the River Park will be asked to take Ventura to Whitsett or Moorpark to Whitsett, and not to drive through residential neighborhoods.

To be determined.  It really depends on what is of potential interest from the community, what Harvard-Westlake is able to support operationally, and what the potential impacts are to the site and neighborhood.

No. It’s not part of any vision or draft plan that Harvard-Westlake has prepared.

Community Engagement

Yes. Please visit the Community Engagement page of this website for a list of ways in which members of the community can get involved in the planning process.

Parking and Traffic

The parking plan will be developed concurrently with the project. However, all parking will be located at or below grade.

Harvard-Westlake is committed to performing a full traffic study as part of the planning process for this project. The results of that study will necessarily be influenced by the eventual uses of the site and will inform the school’s plan for how students will move between the site and the main campus on Coldwater Canyon. But, we value the tranquility of the property as much as its neighbors and will certainly aim to use the property in a manner that has less than significant traffic impacts.

The River Park property acquisition enabled Harvard-Westlake to re-evaluate the Parking, Safety & Athletic Improvement (PSA) Project that the school had proposed on land it owns just west of Coldwater Canyon across from the upper school campus. In response to feedback from our neighbors, the school will explore alternatives, including the addition of parking spaces on the main campus, and more aggressive carpool incentives.