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Formerly Armand Hammer Park

The park is located in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California. It is surrounded by Club View Drive, Beverly Glen Boulevard, Comstock Avenue and the Los Angeles Country Club. The land was deeded by the Janss Investment Company, the developers of Holmby Hills, to the City of Los Angeles to create a public park in the 1920s. In 1954, it was dedicated by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Due to its location, the park has been frequented by celebrities over the years. In the 1950s, Frank Sinatra frequented Holmby Park. In the late 1960's, former president Ronald Reagan, who was governor of California at the time, lived a block from the park, and would visit on several occasions. Reagan also frequented the park in the late 1990's, during the last few years of his life.

The park includes facilities such as barbecue pits, a children's play area and picnic tables. Signs in the park remind users that dogs must be kept on leashes, and the following activities are forbidden: rollerskating, skateboarding, bicycling, the consumption of alcohol, the use of portable barbecues, as well as littering and loitering. And maybe someday cell phones.

It is home to the Armand Hammer Golf Course, named for Armand Hammer (1898-1990), a Holmby Hills resident and founder of Occidental Petroleum (NYSE: OXY). As made manifest on signs in the park, only registered golfers are allowed on the putting green and turfgrass.

It is also home to the Holmby Park Lawn Bowling Club, which was started in 1927.The club has 150 members from 19 different countries.

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