The idea of a multipurpose sports and activities complex in Little Tokyo first emerged from a community planning meeting in 1994. LTSC has spearheaded this community‐driven effort for over two decades to identify a suitable site, raise funds, and design a facility that meets local needs and priorities.
The Budokan will provide a vibrant and safe space for community residents to participate in sports programs, after‐school programs, senior programs, health and wellness activities, arts and culture programs and a wide array of special events. Programming at the facility is expected to occur 15 hours per day, seven days a week, and will support an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 visits annually. Construction of the 61,000 SF facility is expected to begin in January 2018 and be completed in June 2019.
The Budokan of Los Angeles Recreational Center will be operated by Little Tokyo Service Center Community Development Corp (LTSC), a nonprofit, mission‐driven organization with a 37‐year track record of providing affordable housing and exemplary social services for low‐income households in the Little Tokyo neighborhood and throughout Los Angeles County. LTSC is focused on community development, children and family services, and social services.