Lulu’s Place Groundbreaking Marks Historic Philanthropic Investment in L.A. Youth

May 8, 2024

In November 2017, Sugerman Group received a call about a project honoring a former collegiate national tennis champion and LAUSD teacher who had recently died of ovarian cancer.

It took nearly seven years, but on May 8 we finally celebrated the groundbreaking for Lulu’s Place, a historic $150 million philanthropic investment in L.A. youth honoring the legacy of Carol “Lulu” Kimmelman. Hundreds of community members joined Carol’s husband Doug Kimmelman, their children, Mayor Karen Bass, and a slew of L.A. officials at a ceremony celebrating the transformative opportunities Lulu’s Place will create for students and families.

Situated on 31 acres of vacant property north of LAX, Lulu’s Place will feature world-class facilities, including a state-of-the-art tennis center to honor Carol’s lifelong passion, soccer fields, a children’s playground, dog park, walking trails, and beach volleyball courts. A modern TGR Foundation Learning Lab will offer a variety of academic and college counseling programs for free to students from underserved communities.

Los Angeles World Airports leased the property where the athletic facilities are being built and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is planning to incorporate the Learning Lab on the adjacent St. Bernard High School campus. As L.A. County Supervisor Holly Mitchell told the crowd during the ceremony, “Pull God, the city and the airport together and you’ve got the perfect parcel.”