DEAR WEHO: New park is drab and uninspired on so many levels

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.

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ESS
ESS
24 days ago

Finally someone with integrity is telling the truth… WeHo is no longer WeHo . The homeless people have taken over the streets and when one goes to any type of business the parking attendants are rude and violent. People who don’t even live here. We are sold out and many of us are selling our homes and moving to better places. The money spent here is not worth the bargain.peace and love .

Sucker
Sucker
24 days ago

The team that produced the West Hollywood Park undoubtedly evaluated the client West Hollywood as a sucker.

David
David
24 days ago

Oh, and I think it’s time to do an expose on the Sheriff’s giving rides on the helicopter. That’s gotta cost WeHo a fortune too, clearly nothing like the $100,000,000.00 landscaping. But helicopters aren’t for friends to view the city or wealthy real estate investors. How do you get on the helicoper ride list anyway – or is an 7nder the radar cash payment?

David
David
24 days ago

$100 Million for Landscaping? No, that has to include so much more. There is $50K in Landscaping max. But if it’s true that WeHo paid $100 Million, it warms my heart to know corruption knows no bounds, I would most certainly have bid $75 Million.

john
john
25 days ago

And how many years did it take to complete?
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kab1200
kab1200
26 days ago

You are out of your mind. That’s all. The park is really nice.

JRBirdsong
JRBirdsong
26 days ago

Did I read this correctly? a park cost $100 million and we have seniors starving to death, and/or people paying outrageous rents!!!! WOW! Someone made a giant mistake, and it seems it is ugly too!

Larry Block
Admin
26 days ago
Reply to  JRBirdsong

over 200 million

Madre Tierra
Madre Tierra
27 days ago

“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.”

Then you don’t get it at all, because the last thing we need in CA, and anywhere in the world for that matter are water sucking lush landscapes. Priorities.

Anthony
Anthony
27 days ago

I think all you who post negative comments must post pictures of your household decorating skills and your yard work decorations to prove you have any design sense at all and prove your opinion has any weight. William Williamson does need to go hang out in Beverly Hills and other parks where he can be happy. I believe a lot of the plants used are native to California and if you folks don’t like minimalism as opposed to maximalism you are welcome to your opinions and to GO SOMEWHERE ELSE. California just has maximum heat during the summer. Otherwise the… Read more »

Rose
Rose
27 days ago

Get figures correct. Way over $100 million. More like $250 million for phase 1 and another $250 for last phase including moving the fine & perfectly nice public pool to the top of the second parking structure.

According to a recent person living with a disability, there isn’t full wheel chair access, after half a billion was poured into a once nice neighborhood park

JRBirdsong
JRBirdsong
26 days ago
Reply to  Rose

A pool, with thousands of gallons of water, on top of a building, in an area where earthquakes happen!!!! Are you serious!!!!!! Where will that water go when we have another Northridge January 17, 1994, at 4:31 a.m. PST, a magnitude 6 .7 earthquake.

Ernesto Sportello
Ernesto Sportello
27 days ago

If you want to see great park design check out the Historic Cornfield Park just north of Chinatown. Beautiful design loaded with spaces actual people can enjoy. Weho is so busy drowning in self importance they’ve become totally unresponsive to the actual citizens of Weho. Such a shame.

Illumination
Illumination
29 days ago
Rudi Logan
Rudi Logan
27 days ago
Reply to  Illumination

Which has what to do with WeHo Park?

Illumination
Illumination
26 days ago
Reply to  Rudi Logan

The individual mentioned, Mark Rios did the renovations on the Roxbury home in 2015 making it ineligible to be considered as a historic resource. Secondly, he spoke at the hearing before the BH City Council where he claimed the structure would be ineligible. Failure to reveal this information to the owner who contracted the renovation was unethical and likely characterized as an unfair business practice or more. Testifying compounded the issue.

The point you missed is that Mark Rios was brought into the West Hollywood Park renovation that appears to be wildly over budget.
Please connect the dots.

Anthony
Anthony
27 days ago
Reply to  Illumination

Yes… you are telling us this why? It is part of the park discussion WHY?

Illumination
Illumination
26 days ago
Reply to  Anthony

Same individual was involved in the design of project that went wildly over budget. It’s clearly spelled out.

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