Submitted by Francis Winiarski, Los Angeles
In response to your solicitation of ideas for the planned park in the civic center area of Los Angeles I submit several suggestions, listed below, for the four-tiered space between City Hall and the Music Center shown in the preliminary plan.
1. For the area adjoining the City Hall, construct an amphitheater with a small shell or a gazebo bandstand where civic ceremonies and band concerts could be held. Accommodation for the audience should consist of concentric tiers of grassy space. No unsightly grandstands, please.
2. On a second level, construct a Japanese Garden with a series of platforms to accommodate dining. Perfect examples can be found at the Descanso Gardens and the Huntington Library (pictured right). Streams stocked with koi fish could be part of the scenery.
3. On a third level, construct a walk-through aviary. The Nut Tree Restaurant in Vacaville, California, has such an attraction, which is savored by its customers.
4. On a fourth level, construct a model boat pond patterned on the one at the Tuileries Gardens in Paris, France (pictured below). There was such a pond in my childhood town in Massachusetts, which doubled as an ice skating rink in the winter. There is a pond in a seaside park in San Diego, but I know of none in the greater Los Angeles area. I searched in vain for one when my children were little, but, alas, the only thing that I could find was a practice flycasting pond in Rancho Park, which turned out to be too shallow for a keeled boat.
5. Within all of the areas, provision should be made for soaring, overhead sun screens to provide shade for seating areas. These should be designed by Frank Gehry to serve as the signature feature of the park.
6. Other features with debatable safety and maintenance problems could be a cascading stream stretching through all four levels and a funicular rail transport system that would harken back to the historic Angels Flight funicular (pictured left). Examples of each may be found at the Getty Museum.