LA Aqueduct Centennial Garden Breaks Ground

Mulholland.Fountain.jessica.wilson.jekintheboxLos Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge, LADWP’s Senior Assistant General Manager James McDaniel and community members convened on Friday, August 9 at the recently-renovated Mulholland Memorial Fountain to break ground on the new Los Angeles Aqueduct Centennial Garden. They ceremoniously marked the start of construction on enhancements to the grounds surrounding the Los Feliz landmark that will feature elements marking the rich water history of the city and the upcoming Centennial of the Los Angeles Aqueduct.

“Water is Los Angeles’ past, present, and future,” said Councilmember Tom LaBonge. “This space, with the restored Mulholland Fountain and the new Los Angeles Aqueduct Centennial Garden, is a great living memorial to a remarkable man who influenced so much of our collective history and helped build a world-class city.” James McDaniel of LADWP added, “When we complete this project in late October, the new garden will celebrate the engineering marvel and serve as a showcase for the many possibilities of California-friendly, water-wise landscaping that we encourage our residential and commercial customers to install in their own yards and workplaces.”

The new garden will have California-friendly landscaping, pedestrian paths, park benches and educational signage to complement the recent renovations made to the Mulholland Fountain. The space will also include a path that depicts the Aqueduct’s 233-mile journey from the Eastern Sierras to Los Angeles, as well as a 10-foot diameter riveted steel section of the original Aqueduct pipe. The garden will be an interactive display and monument to William Mulholland, Los Angeles’s rich water history, and the Los Angeles Aqueduct Centennial.

The groundbreaking is the first of several events planned to celebrate the Los Angeles Aqueduct Centennial, which officially takes place on November 5, 2013.

Photo courtesy of jessica wilson {jek in the box} via Flickr.

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