I recently took a stroll thru the new park—it’s hideous beyond description. I am appalled, given the huge about of design and landscaping skills that exist in our community, that it turned out to be so ugly—all at a cost of over $100 million!!!
The whole project just looks cheesy and lacking in a Wow factor. The layout is not inviting or user friendly, and the equipment is shabby and already looks worn out—fading paint, mechanical failures and totally uninspired “play” equipment.
I get it that the “desert” landscaping saves water, but that cost saving is at the expense of not having a lush, green park with shade trees, picnic tables, verdant lawns and an overall esthetically pleasing environment. The tree selections are particularly ill-suited. Those skinny trees will never fill out in a pleasing way, and shade will be non-existent. And what about that vast expanse of ugly grass?? Are people just supposed to walk on it try to get a suntan? What purpose does it serve? Walk over to the Beverly Hills park on Santa Monica if you want to see what can be done with a neighborhood park—lush greenery, walking paths and verdant flowers and greenery—even their desert park is well thought out.
What is the purpose of that vast expanse of vacant space in the park supposed to be used for? Can you name one activity that it could be used for??
Anyway, we look to you as our community gadfly to try to get the Council to avoid catastrophes such as that park, but whoever designed and built that “park” owes our community an explanation, including an accounting for what all that money was spent on! It’s a disgrace on many different levels.