After 8 years of renovation and restoration, the Beverly Gardens Park will celebrate its Grand Re-opening Thursday, May 30th. The Friends of Beverly Gardens Park have worked to restore one of Beverly Hills’ treasures to its pristine beauty as a place for not only residents, but visitors from all over the world, to enjoy.
The Beverly Gardens Park spans the length of the city along Santa Monica Boulevard, occupying 23 blocks with gardens, fountains, walking paths and of course the iconic Beverly Hills monument sign. Once deemed “the garden city of the world,” the City of Beverly Hills and its loyal residents have always regarded the park as an integral part of the community and its history.
In 1911, the park was brought to life, not only to be an oasis in the urban expanse that is Los Angeles, but to separate the commercial and residential districts of the City of Beverly Hills itself. The Electric and Doheny Fountains, the Cactus Garden, the Beverly Hills monument and miles of walking and running paths make this park a perfect gem for residents and tourists alike to enjoy on a beautiful Los Angeles day.
Each of the 23 blocks of the park were renovated with the goal to modernize and update while maintaining the original beauty of the park during its conception. The project began with the hard work of Beverly Hills resident and businessman, Steve Gordon. He led fundraising efforts to kick-start the project, raising a grand total of $4 million for the Friends of Beverly Gardens Park.
Efforts started with the restoration of the iconic lily pond laying in front of the 40-foot Beverly Hills monument sign. The pond was replaced with a cement platform due to lack of maintenance years ago, but the restoration project happily brought back the beautiful lily pond for all to enjoy.
Other cosmetic updates have been made to modernize the beautiful park, bringing drought tolerant landscaping, new irrigation systems, new lighting for evening use of the park and updates to all drinking fountains throughout. The magnificent fountains scattered among the almost 2-mile expanse have been restored with new equipment and the granite walkways have been resurfaced for easy strolls through the park.
Through generous donations from community members, the project has been largely successful. It is these benefactors who have enabled the park to fully represent the City of Beverly Hills and its dedication to not only modernization but its respect for the city’s rich history and roots.
Join the City of Beverly Hills Community Services Department, the Recreation & Parks Commission and the Friends of Beverly Gardens Park on Thursday May 30thfrom 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Beverly Hills Sign and Lily Pond for light refreshments and live entertainment. More information on the long-awaited Ribbon Cutting Ceremony can be found by calling (310) 285-6830 or online.