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Over the Rainbow

Water and sunshine combine to create beautiful things even on the hottest of days.

The recently planted grass in West Hollywood Park needs to be watered routinely to keep it lush and green.

Watering the grass on a sunny afternoon can create a rainbow, an unexpected but beautiful sight amidst the high heat of recent days.

Matt Baume August 16, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Is this really the best use of water, at a time when Central Valley farmers can't get enough to keep their crops from dying and we're draining rivers to the point that salmon can't survive?
me August 17, 2012 at 06:06 PM
i'm not sure we want dirt instead of grass all over LA, but judging fom the shadows, it's the wrong time of day to water.....plus most sprinkler systems are set to over-water, which is the real problem
James F. Mills August 17, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Photo was taken at approximately 3:15 p.m.
Robert August 17, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Lush and green? Maybe that small patch by the road. If you turn the camera around and take a picture of the "new park" the grass is non-existent or dying. Pride destroyed the park. :(
me August 17, 2012 at 08:09 PM
thought so.....4-6am is the best time to water
Ali August 17, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Looks like those sprinklers are not set correctly. They should not be watering the sidewalk like that. Also, wrong time of day, as been previously mentioned. The sprinklers should be set to water after the sun has gone down so there isn't as much evaporation.
joninla August 19, 2012 at 07:57 AM
Excellent comment. Yes we have a big 'new' park, but the possibilities of what the City could have chosen with design and the Landscape decisions and the apparently limitless budget, makes the process that the City uses before investing (indebting the city for years and living with the choices made) in CAPITOL IMPROVEMENTS is clearly not a good process. Low water consuming landscaping which the City chose for large portions of the park closer to the library makes that space almost useless (my dog likes sniffing in it). Curbside planting of the ugly unusable low water vegatation and green grass where it can be used in the middle of the park would be logical. But logic is not even a factor in Heilaman's vision for the next 25 years. NOTE (I've pointed it out several times) On Google Maps (not updated yet to the new park) shows the now gone row of large green trees on the entire eastside of weho park. The city "said" only a few trees would be lost and it was unavoidable due to the design. The total loss of the row of trees was not necessary and could have provided needed shade for the park as well as a nice barrier to the now open access to San Vicente Blvd. Big deal? Yeah ..... really big deal as kids play and their ball goes right into the highway like traffic on San Vicente and run after the ball. Not even a fence or anything.
Manny August 19, 2012 at 03:18 PM
It's a lovely rainbow....that's all. Don't ruin it.
joninla August 20, 2012 at 07:08 AM
Which does contradict the City's own 'green' rules about landscaping. Not only should the city do the correct thing for its own good, but to 'Set An Example' for both residents and as an example of a 'City That Works'. (note: there are "Incentives" for planting 'green' but there are no "Incentives" for the City to follow the actual watering of the new low water use landscaping) http://www.weho.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=657
Robert August 21, 2012 at 11:19 PM
While renovating the park, the city put up a large fence with black material to cover the tree removal from the general public and passer bys. While walking my dog past the park I would peak through the divides in the material and see the beautiful large trees being taken down. It was pretty disappointing to witness. The trees they planted along the basketball courts seem to be having as much trouble as the grass, as their leaves are browning and drying out. I hope it is just due to the warmer than usual temps and they survive to be one day as large as the ones that were removed while our heads were turned.
joninla August 22, 2012 at 07:42 AM
@Robert I am not sure, but I think the City gets 'incentive' bonuses for each 'new tree' planted, irrespective of the number of old mature trees they had to (chose to) cut down. The city web site indicates 90+ percent of the Residents were in favor of encouraging new development to be 'green' and 'eco-friendly' without realizing what the city had in mind was to build such things as the Robo-garage, take the technical green 'incentives' and then tell the people this new electric 5 story robotic garage was more environmentally friendly than the existing flat open lot. If asked correctly, would the same number of people have been in agreement with the city's 'green building incentives' if it meant building taller, bigger and more large projects that would otherwise not have been built (replacing smaller scale existing structures around the city) but for the incentives the city was giving away to their special 'developer friends'

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