BEVERLY HILLS—On Tuesday, April 5, at 1:30 p.m. there will be a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony at the Electric Fountain in the Beverly Gardens Park. Beverly Gardens Park is located at Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards, and the ceremony is to celebrate the restoration of the Electric Fountain.
The restoration of the Electric Fountain is part of a bigger plan to restore the entirety of the Beverly Gardens Park. The park is a 1.9 mile stretch of gardens separating the commercial district from the residential neighborhood and includes the famous 40 foot tall Beverly Hills monument sign.
According to the website for the Friends of Beverly Gardens Park, the mission of the restoration of the Beverly Gardens Park is to have the park represent its global brand with the distinction and sophistication associated with Beverly Hills. The designer for the restoration of the park is Mia Lehrer who also designed the Los Angeles River Revitalization and the renovation of Union Station in downtown LA.
In 2014, the park’s lily pond was reopened after its restoration. The pond’s restoration was part of the Beverly Hills Centennial Celebration. The park was first created in 1911 by Wilbur D. Cook and the Electric Fountain was a gift from Harold Lloyd’s mother with funding from the Women’s Club of Beverly Hills.
The Electric Fountain will also pay homage to the local Tongva Native American tribe with the Robert Merrell Gage Sculpture atop the fountain. For more information visit www.fobgp.org.