RESTORING A CENTURY-OLD TREASURE




From time to time every great beauty needs a facelift, every classic a bit of updating. Even the world’s most glamorous city has to keep up appearances. As Beverly Hills kicks into high gear in anticipation of its 100th birthday, the Friends of Beverly Gardens Park is leading efforts to restore this park to its true beauty and splendor.

A global leader drawing on the allure of style and luxury, Beverly Hills must maintain its image of prestige and grandeur. Decades in the making, major projects near completion from improvements to the Civic Center to creating a vibrant new cultural destination, with the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. The historic Beverly Gardens Park remains the final major component in need of attention.


ABOUT BEVERLY GARDENS PARK


This 1.9 mile linear stretch of gardens spans the length of the city, separating the commercial district from the residential neighborhood. It also acts as the city’s public facade along Santa Monica Boulevard, one of Southern California’s most highly travelled routes. This stretch includes prominent gateways to the city at two major intersections, at Doheny and at Wilshire. Beverly Gardens Park is Beverly Hills’ most visible expanse of green space - our city’s equivalent of New York’s Central Park or san Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

Home to a variety of community gatherings and festivals, the Park serves as a city center drawing residents and visitors alike, and playing host bi-annually to one of the West Coast’s most popular art events for almost 40 years. In addition to the decomposed granite pathway, a favorite among walkers and runners, it is also home to several celebrated landmarks and park features. These attractions include the 40-foot Beverly Hills monument sign, which draws thousands of tourists each year for the quintessential travel photo. There are also the Electric Fountain at Wilshire, truly innovative for its time and a gift from the mother of famed silent film actor and producer Harold Lloyd; the fountain at Doheny; one of the region’s largest fig trees, estimated at nearly a century old; a treasured cactus garden; a traditional rose garden and a diverse sculpture collection, demonstrating the city’s pioneering dedication to its public art program.






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Project Team

STEVEN GORDON FAMILY FOUNDATION
Steven Gordon
Gaby Alexander, Development Director

CITY OF BEVERLY HILLS
Jeff Kolin, City Manager
David Lightner, Deputy City Manager
Steven Zoet, Director of Community Services
Ken Pfalzgraf, Parks and Urban Forest Manager


Lead Consultant

MIA LEHRER + ASSOCIATES, Landscape Architecture
Mia Lehrer
Michelle Sullivan
Holly Kuwayama


Consultant Team

HOLDENWATER, Water Architecture & Engineer
Mark Holden
ERW DESIGN, Architecture
Elaine Rene-Weissman
RICK ENGINEERING COMPANY, Surveyor and Civil Engineer
Donald D. Woolley
FOUNDATION FOR LANDSCAPE STUDIES, Consultant
Elizabeth Barlow Rogers


Historic Image Credits

BISON ARCHIVES, Raleigh Studios
Marc Wanamaker
CITY OF BEVERLY HILLS, Recreation and Parks Commission
Robert S. Anderson
Special Thanks

City Council
CITY OF BEVERLY HILLS

Mayor (Project Liaison)
William W. Brien, MD

Vice Mayor
John A. Mirisch

Councilmember
Barry Brucker

Councilmember
Lili Bosse

Councilmember (Project Liaison)
Julian A. Gold, MD

Recreation and Parks Commission
CITY OF BEVERLY HILLS

Chairperson
Susan Gersh

Vice Chair (Project Liaison)
Robert S. Anderson

Commissioner (Project Liaison)
Howard L. Rosoff

Commissioner
Simone Friedman

Commissioner
Alan Robert Block

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