For all of you who couldn’t sleep waiting for Part Two, no worries, here you go! These photos were taken with my Samsung Galaxy S4 phone. You can view Part One here.
I now have three cameras that I use on a regular basis, the Canon Rebel T3i dSLR, the Olympus SP-350 point & shoot, and the above mentioned phone. I get very confused when I am looking for a photo I just took. Trying to get into the habit of downloading photos every day but I don’t always have the time.
Anyway, just a few more photos of Tongva Park.
According to the Santa Monica Mirror, these are the four official areas of the park:
— Garden Hill is defined by a series of seating alcoves and intimate display gardens that showcase a seasonally dynamic, native, and appropriately adapted Southern California plant palette;
— Discovery Hill is a play space for children, offering a range of discovery experiences and settings with hill slides, a music wall, play elements, water feature, and forts embedded into a lush and shaded landscape;
— Observation Hill reaches a height of 18 feet, offering the best views of the ocean and neighboring vicinity, and includes overlooks, a bridge, and public restroom tucked under the hill;
— Gathering Hill provides open space for congregation and relaxation including a large multi-purpose lawn, seating terraces, and an informal picnic area.
The official opening was on October 19 but the park had its “soft” opening in early September. On several occasions I tried to peek through the canvas covering the fencing without success. One day the gate was open and one of the gardeners came out with a wheel barrow… he allowed me to take a look. He said, “This is a very impressive park, isn’t it?” “Beautiful!” I responded.
James Corner Field Operations, the group who created New York’s acclaimed High Line, is responsible for the design of Tongva Park. But as somebody observed, the New York park doesn’t overlook the Pacific Ocean… hard to compete with that view!
Rats… just noticed my finger in the upper left corner… but I can’t be bothered to crop the photo! The lens is just in the wrong place… but I am more conscious of this now.
These observation decks were a stroke of genius in my opinion and are the cherries on top of the cake!
Just can’t get enough of that fountain. I will be back, you can count on that!
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