Saturday, June 19, 2010

Drought Tolerant Garden within Huntington Beach Central Park

This is the pathway into the garden. Wouldn't you consider this "green" because it is reusing
some broken concrete removed from somewhere else? It looks good here.

Within the Central Park in H.B. there is a rather unmaintained wild garden that displays some natives and drought tolerant type of plants. Although unkept it has a "secret" garden feel to it and I think that kids would love to run through it and hide amongst the overgrown plants.

Central Park photos of Neutra Architecture & Water Features

Architecture by Neutra

When we came upon the Library we admired the mid-century or post modern look of the structure, the water features and the public bathrooms. We were curious to find out who the architect was and thought that it had to be someone very talented. Imagine our surprise when we discovered that the city of H.B. had hired the Neutra firm. Here is a little blurb from the City's website regarding the history of the beautiful library:

Library Board members, wanting a first hand view, toured libraries in California that had recently been constructed and were of similar size. The board developed a list of some 35 architects that they were interested in considering and eventually narrowed it down to 17 whom they invited in for interviews. Of the 17, the firm of Richard & Dion Neutra was asked to design the library. Shortly before the actual signing of the agreement,Richard Neutra died while on tour and his son, Dion, was retained to design the project.

Huntington Beach Central Park

Day Trip to Huntington Beach Central Park

We are always looking for places to go with the dogs to take a nice walk and eat breakfast. We have been to Huntington Beach Central Park several times but didn't realize that it is on both sides of Goldenwest. This time we made it to the other side and explored acres upon acres of the park. It is really a great spot for a stroll but, unfortunately, Alice's is not going to be open after Labor Day weekend. It has long been a destination breakfast place with a view of the lake. There still will be one place open that is directly off Goldenwest. It also has outdoor dining where you can take your dogs with you and even order things on the menu for your dogs.

There are acres of open space and trails to wonder around in Central Park. One side of the park consists of some ponds, trails, squirrels, the beautiful library and some exercise stations with signs that tell you what to do at each station. We were surprised to see that there were some domesticated rabbits let loose at this park.