By Victoria Talbot
“Walk With The Mayor,” a feature of the “Beverly Hills – Healthy City” initiative of Mayor Lili Bosse, will make the Electric Fountain the destination Monday, passing locations along the route at Nespresso and Sugarfina.
The brusque morning walk has become a popular event each week with attendance regularly hovering around 75 walkers.
Monday’s walk will reach its furthest point from City Hall at the corner of Wilshire Bl. and Santa Monica Bl., at the Beverly Gardens Park between Wilshire and Walden Dr. There, a fountain featuring a Tongva native is the next targeted project of the Friends of Beverly Gardens Park restoration efforts.
A gift to the City from Harold Lloyd’s mother with installation funding from the Women’s Club of Beverly Hills, the fountain is a beloved artifact of the founding patrons of the City. It stands in memory of the great philanthropy that the residents have shown for generations.
Conspicuously located at the western entrance to the City, the spray has historically lit up with multi-colored lights. The Merrel Gage sculpture pays homage to the original residents of this beautiful location, the Tongva Indians.
Having completed restoration at the Lily Pond at the Beverly-Canon park, and lovingly unveiled the just-planted lilies at this weekend’s art show in the park, the Friends of Beverly Gardens are seeking help to do the same magic with the fountain.
The walk will also bring participants to El Rodeo School, the iconic Beverly Hilton Hotel and the sites of forthcoming construction for the Waldorf Astoria project and the Robinsons-May buildings.