06/27/2012 08:27 pm ET Updated Aug 27, 2012

A July Debut For L.A.'s Grand Park | Zev Yaroslavsky

After two years of construction, the first segment of Los Angeles' new Grand Park is set to open in the final days of July, a milestone in the revitalization of downtown that will be celebrated with a nationally-promoted dance celebration.
The first two blocks of the park--from Grand Avenue to Hill Street--will be dedicated by civic leaders on Thursday, July 26, near the spectacularly restored Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain. But the big coming out party is scheduled for Saturday, July 28, with a public inaugural coinciding with National Dance Day, an event founded by producer Nigel Lythgoe, who co-created the hit TV show "So You Think You Can Dance." Tonight, Lythgoe is scheduled to promote the Grand Park dance celebration on his Fox network show.