BEVERLY HILLS—A project that started over five years ago, estimated to have cost $12 million, has restored the Beverly Gardens. On May 30, officials from the city of Beverly Hills and residents joined for the ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the restoration project.

The 1.9 mile-long stretch of public gardens first opened in 1907 and spans the length of the city by separating the commercial district from the residential neighborhood.

The project aimed to restore the century-old garden by incorporating historic design elements, while modernizing it with current trends in park design, and water conservation to bring it into the 21st century.

All three phases of the project were completed including the restoration of the iconic Beverly Hills Monument Sign and lily pond – which attracts over 7.4 million annual visitors across world – to the installation of electric fountains and replacement of decomposed granite jogging and walking paths.

The restoration project provided an opportunity to make the park more environmentally sustainable with management systems that reduce water consumption. Stormwater runoff will be captured to reduce urban flooding, while the “urban heat island effect” will be countered with cooling water features and tree covering; two measures which signal a more eco-friendly version of the Beverly Gardens.

The refurbishment was made possible by a $4 million donation from the Beverly Hills Community Charitable Foundation, as stated on their website.