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Palisades Park


John Percival Jones and Arcadia Bandini de Baker donated Palisades Park to Santa Monica in 1892. Linda Vista Park was the name given to the blufftop park that ran from Colorado Avenue to the city’s northern boundary at Montana Avenue until 1915. In 1904, the land between Montana Avenue and Santa Monica Canyon remained untouched by development. By 1905, it was included into the city. From Colorado Avenue up to Santa Monica Canyon’s municipal line, today’s park borders are defined by the city of Los Angeles’ acquisition of the park’s northern part in 1908.

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In 1892, Palisades Park was little more than a dusty ledge bordered by an avenue of eucalyptus trees. Soon after the bluff was handed to the city, H. Rowland Lee created a landscape for it, including a rustic fence constructed of eucalyptus branches, as well as formal entrances at the ends of each avenue. With only Arizona Avenue as its final destination, the idea was cut back in 1898.

By 1905, there were only a few remaining plantings, and the park’s active new Commissioner, E.H. Sweetser, set about replanting Monterey Cypress trees, shrubs, flower beds, and allées of palms along the park’s whole length. The proprietors of the area of the bluff north of Montana carried on with their plantings. Sweetser also initiated a multi-year initiative to construct the classic rustic fencing along the edge of the cliff, which was constructed from eucalyptus limbs salvaged during routine city-wide tree pruning and completed in 1913. Among his accomplishments was the 1909 construction of the redwood pergola above the California Incline, which served as the idea for the logo of the Santa Monica Conservancy. In addition, he dreamed of and oversaw the construction of the Idaho Gate in 1911, at the conclusion of his tenure as Park Commissioner.

By 1913, the park’s improvements needed more grass and lights. Louis J. Le Grande, a landscape architect, was employed. He proposed a rigid, geometric design that erased the park’s meandering paths and older trees. Due to the strong opposition of the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club, just one block of his plan was ever executed. Since then, renovations and replantings have mostly followed Mr. Sweetser’s plan. In 1998-1999, the City completed a $4.5 million bond-funded makeover that preserved the historic landscape.

The park was named a Santa Monica landmark in 2007 for its cultural and historic value. The “Mother Road” ends at Santa Monica Boulevard and the park near the sidewalk. In fact, it was set up for a sequence in “The Will Rogers Story.” The 10 off-ramp is at the crossroads of Lincoln and Olympic Boulevards, where there is no sign of Route 66. That doesn’t stop folks from going to the Pier to celebrate finishing Route 66 and believing the Pier is the end of the journey.

Four stone memorials recognize foreign war veterans in the park. Each branch of the armed forces has its own pillar. The monument was dedicated on November 11, 1999, and if the sun is shining, the pillars throw their shadow on the path below. On Veteran’s Day, the columns also align with the setting sun. Wallace, Roberts, and Todd created this monument.

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If you have been in an accident (e.g., vehicular accident, motorcycle accident, bus accident, 18-wheeler accident, slip and fall, dog bite, defective product, etc.), and you’re looking for an excellent personal injury lawyer in Riverside County, Lem Garcia can help you. Lem Garcia is a personal injury attorney in West Covina, but serves injured victims throughout Southern California, including Riverside County.

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Car Accidents & Injuries in Riverside County

Accidents and injuries can happen anywhere and at anytime, which is why it is always important to exercise reasonable care at all time. However, accidents and injuries do occur more often in some places than others. Here are a few places in Riverside County where car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bus accidents, pedestrian accidents, trucking accidents, and all other types of accidents and injuries frequently occur: 91 freeway, 60 freeway, 215 freeway, Arlington, Alessandro, Central,  Victoria, La Sierra, Magnolia Avenue, and Van Buren.

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