This very prominent part of the City's public interface must represent its global brand with the sophistication and distinction associated the world over with Beverly Hills.

The restoration project will bring the park into the 21st Century, utilizing current trends in park design. It will begin by bringing back a long-lost favorite and main feature of the park - the lily pond in front of the Beverly Hills monument sign between Beverly and Canon drives. Each of the 23 park blocks will undergo a tactical renovation, weighing many factors such as the age and safety of the trees, and the functionality and aesthetics of important park elements. Wrought iron will replace chain link along the residential alleys. The fountains at each gateway will be restored, a nod to the City’s history and an important step toward an illustrious future. The inevitable aging that 100 years does to a park - varying types of planting materials, outlived repairs, outdated fixtures, and an overused public restroom facility - will be addressed to meet current needs through a cohesive design and comprehensive park management approach.

In addition to the current restoration, the Friends of Beverly Gardens Park intends to ensure the park's pristine future with funds to furnish a 50-year supply of materialsfor focal elements like the fountains, to replace aging plants and paving, and to create an annuity to cover extra labor needed to maintain the restoration work.

The city’s founders exhibited true foresight, in the midst of The Great Depression, to hire an innovative landscape architect to create this civic space and lead their way to the future. It is our turn now to step up and help preserve it for future generations, to restore the park to its true splendor and substantiate Beverly Hills as one of the world’s leading cities.


Integral to carrying the vision of Ralph Cornell forward is the stewardship of a contemporary landscape planner of today, internationally-acclaimed designer Mia Lehrer, and her firm Mia Lehrer + Associates. A multi-disciplinarian, Lehrer draws on a passion for city planning in her advocacy for environmentally sensitive and people-friendly public space. Focused on “conveying design integrity in the process and not just solving a problem, she strives to design landscapes that inspire, using technologies that sustain and creating places that matter.” Some of her extensive and varied civic projects have included the LA River Revitalization, Silver Lake Reservoir, Annenberg Community Beach House and the renovation of Union Station in downtown LA.

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