Thursday, February 13, 2014

What's old is new again at Beverly Hills Lily Pond...

The past few weeks I've been nursing a poorly pup (he's on the mend now, thanks for asking) and looking after out-of-towners, so there's not been much time for blogging. However, with the L.A. Marathon just around the corner I'm still running every other day and following my usual morning route along Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills I was inspired by the newly unveiled and renovated Lily Pond.

The restored Beverly Hills Lily Pond today
Restored Beverly Hills Lily Pond 2014
As part of Beverly Hills centennial celebrations Beverly Gardens Park's historic Lily Pond has been recreated as part of the park's ongoing restoration, and the city hosted a rededication ceremony on February 4, 2014 (I remember running past all the white chairs laid out for the various dignitaries to be in attendance later that day).
Beverly Hills Lily Pond 2014
Beverly Hills Sign Beverly Gardens Park
Beverly Hills restored Lily Pond
The Lily Pond was originally installed in 1907 and the iconic Beverly Hills Sign introduced in 1912. Apparently in the mid-70's the cost of maintaining and repairing the pond became excessive and other landscaping solutions were used in its place, until now that is.
Beverly Hills Sign 2014
Meanwhile the sign is now a historically accurate replica added in 2006, and is one of the world's most photographed landmarks. I literally see hordes of tourists lining up to take their turn to be photographed in front of the sign every day.

The Beverly Hills Sign in 2008
Beverly Hills Sign 2008
Here's a flashback to 2008 when I first moved here and how the sign and its surroundings in the park looked then.
Beverly Hills Lily Pond Beverly Gardens Park
The Lily Pond certainly looks more of a spectacle than the previous version, but the real question will be whether visitors will respect the new look and not climb all over, or in, the pond (as I've already seen kids doing).
2014 Beverly Hills Lily Pond
I look forward to seeing the new water feature in full bloom when all the shrubbery and lilies are flowering.

And if you like this, be sure to check out some of the cool outdoor art in the park too, like this inventive Endless V sculpture, and two of my favorites, The Drummer and the colourful Hymn of Life Tulips sculptures.

As you can see, local sights like this certainly make for a more scenic run in the mornings...

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