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Santa Monica's Park Naming Fail

Can you come up with names more bizarre than these suggestions: "Water World Park," "Planetarium of Eden," "Peace Love?"

Here Santa Monica goes again, feeding the stereotype that its residents are a bunch of hippies living in the "People's Republic."

Rainbow Park, Peace Love, Santa Monica Garden of Eden Center and Dreamweaver Park are among the slew of name suggestions City Hall has received for a new 6-acre park under construction between Main Street and Ocean Avenue, just south of the 10 freeway.

After which is temporarily called Palisades Garden Walk, it asked residents for their input.

That apparently didn't help, because now city staffers are asking the council to just stick with Palisades Garden Walk.

Maybe it's because so many of the suggestions were just bizarre: Planetarium of Eden, Spaceship Adventure Park, Water World Park, for example.

The Least Classy award goes to: The New Bum Park.

The City Council will vote on a new name Tuesday night.

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Paul Rich February 08, 2013 at 07:45 PM
If they're going generic and boring with Palisades Garden Walk because they can't reach a consensus -- might I throw this in ... "Pacific Ocean Park" -- an historic homage to the glory days of P.O.P. at the pier (which the new park overlooks). It's nostalgic. It's classic Santa Monica. If the idea is to bridge the city to the sea, to the pier ...
TD February 08, 2013 at 11:03 PM
Unless the City Council plans to enforce basic laws for the bums living in EVERY SM City park, which apply to us tax paying SM residents, like "no public urination, no illigel drug use, no littering", to name a few, then I think "The New Bum Park" is perfect.
Brenda Barnes February 09, 2013 at 01:14 AM
The Park itself is bizarre. Totally out of scale "viewing platforms" so people can "enter and see the ocean view." Overwhelming landmarked Chez Jay. Representing a waste of $55 million so the Council can provide green space for the Village at SM project it approved without sufficient green space, next to the Village at SM itself overwhelming its site with 300 luxury condos where there were none, and the developer bragging to his peers last July on a City-involved bus trip wooing developers, that they are looking at $1900 a square foot for condos, when their costs are $400-500. The ocean being 200 feet away, this will expose to it so MANY who could not otherwise see the ocean view. All of this--not the stereotype of aging hippies or Communists--might explain many of the suggestions..
DBatysta February 09, 2013 at 01:41 AM
LOVE Pacific Ocean Park suggestion...alot. Nothing on the list of 8 is any good ...nothing.
DBatysta February 09, 2013 at 01:45 AM
or Santa Monica Ocean Avenue Park or Ocean View Park ?
Brenda Barnes February 09, 2013 at 03:16 AM
They call the rides at the Pier Pacific Ocean Park, I think. That awful blue neon on the ferris wheel that now overwhelms the view as you are driving from Malibu. Really, no one with any respect for nature or the past seems to work for SM. So the idea I like the best is Ocean View Park, since that awful cornucopia thing that is a viewpoint for the ocean view overwhelms everything. Might as well have a name that fits that.
Jenna Chandler (Editor) February 09, 2013 at 03:16 AM
The entire list of suggested names is on the city's website: http://www.smgov.net/departments/council/agendas/2013/20130212/201302128-A.htm The ones I've included above are just the weirdest!
Brenda Barnes February 09, 2013 at 03:39 AM
It's a great story, Jenna. I like all the opportunities I can get to laugh. Particularly at that Park.
stewart resmer February 09, 2013 at 04:00 AM
'Hole In The Ground Where The Money Goes'
Glenn E Grab February 09, 2013 at 05:05 PM
POP.....Pacific Ocean Park....
Captain Liberty February 09, 2013 at 05:11 PM
How about "Gridlock Park". Or we could use it to rename the city.
Bob Smithington February 09, 2013 at 05:20 PM
Tax Waste Boondogle Park Good Luck Finding A Place To Park Park Our Schools Don't Have Any Money But We Have $55 Million This Park Park But simplest and most realistic is definitely New Bum Park.
Abby February 09, 2013 at 06:35 PM
I like the recognition that this land used to be the territory of the Tongva tribe. I grew up in Wisconsin and we learned so much about Native American tribes and that heritage, and that history is lacking in California. Tongva Park would raise awareness about the earliest residents of what we now call Santa Monica.
Jasmine February 09, 2013 at 07:16 PM
GREAT idea!!!
Dan Charney February 09, 2013 at 10:31 PM
Yes- love Pacific Ocean Park- great idea- for all the reasons you state and just the great sound of it too-
Dan Charney February 09, 2013 at 10:34 PM
yes- it is the one- better than all of them
Dan Charney February 09, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Those natives that now are trying to live in what we are starting to call Santa Monica are regular, rent controlled folk- we are the new white indians being thrown off our land for the $1900 a sq ft condo people- 400-500 to build is really high-
Dan Charney February 09, 2013 at 11:52 PM
could call it RAND LAND - I have far more issues with the 1900 dollar a square foot condos and what that brings - the private clubs the destruction of all that is modest and funky- than I do the homeless- which is what they are- and mostly made that way by our system- to call them Bums is terrible- they are not that - at least not many of them- when I was young there was the odd bum in the street- the wino - since Reagan and the last 30 years of destroying our economy for the wealthy - we now have homeless- rather have them then tourists and the rest of he miserable group we are getting now
Douglas Fay February 10, 2013 at 03:31 AM
As a third generation Santa Monica native, I agree with Abby. Tongva Park is way overdue. I also agree that we desperately need a Pacific Ocean Park (POP). POP needs to go from the coastline into the bay. So much of the nearshore bay habitat has been lost to imported sand for beachgoers, urban pollution, and siltation. It's to bad Heal the Bay is against artificial reefs, restoring and enhancing the bay. They're also supporting the destruction of the Tongva's Ballona Wetlands for the $150 million payoff. And for the record: Dorothy Green didn't start HTB. Rim Fay inspired Howard Bennett to join him in the fight to protect the Santa Monica Bay. Howard recruted Dorothy. Read "Dirty Water". Dorothy recruted Mark Gold. What a disappointment he has become. HTB has become everything that my father despised: greed driven righteousness. They fit right in the the City of Santa Monica's deceptive style.
Brenda Barnes February 10, 2013 at 03:42 AM
Did those earliest residents get the shaft from Europeans the same way we are from the Council? If so, we could name it Tongva, Chumash and We Are All Still Shafted Park.
Brenda Barnes February 10, 2013 at 03:43 AM
I think Tax Waste Boondoggle is the best yet. Or Last Gasp of Redevelopment Slush Fund Park.
Brenda Barnes February 11, 2013 at 05:56 PM
So true. Rand Land or Village at Santa Monica Park would be more accurate re: what caused the Park to be built. I lived at 1647 Ocean Front Walk for 15 years and knew all the homeless guys who lived around there. At least one of them--Bird Man--still does. I always liked them. They were chess players who had memberships at the Y so they could shower with soap and hot water every day. They were definitely not bums. There is a movement to recognize that criminalizing homelessness is unconstitutional. I hope that succeeds. In the meantime, this Park is too ridiculous and too much a waste of money to name for any native people. It has to be named for some greedy crony who got paid off to spend $55 million in two blocks.
Brenda Barnes February 11, 2013 at 06:01 PM
First the cost to build is outrageous, due to building on land that is too unstable to build as much as they are building. Then they take most of the premium--after the City Council's cut--due to its being in SM. In California they name things for what they destroyed. There are orchards. They tear them out and pit in little box houses and call the subdivision The Orchards. I don't know what the Park should be named. How about The Awakening? Because this Park is the symbol of how we cannot trust any City Council elected with developer money.
Brenda Barnes February 11, 2013 at 06:06 PM
Douglas, we can't make up for building a completely out of scale ridiculous modern steel thing that overwhelms landmarked Chez Jay and anything else that used to be there--like the landmarked Moreton Fig--by naming it for native American people. That would just compound the obscenity of wasting $55 million on this. If it actually had been planned as a Tongva memorial, it would have cost $1 million and been completely different.
Bravo One February 12, 2013 at 06:57 AM
Funny how this article Ignores the Legitimate request to name the Park after the Tongva Indians who Still Exist here..even when they put it to Vote and we had the most votes.. The only ones that seem to FAIL every time I look around are, "City Officials"! They should not have put it to a vote if they weren't going to honor it!
donna February 12, 2013 at 07:45 PM
how about SPACE S anta monica's P ark A t C ity hall for E veryone
Brenda Barnes February 12, 2013 at 10:46 PM
Where is that vote reported, Miguel? If it was put to a vote, then that should be honored, regardless of how I think it makes no sense to name a space-age bizarre out-of-scale park for people who weren't any of that.
Dan Charney February 12, 2013 at 11:55 PM
Good name Donna- clever and good
Brenda Barnes February 13, 2013 at 12:27 AM
You're right, Dan. That name encompasses the space-age cornucopia weird "viewing platforms" too. Makes more sense than anything else I've seen.
Dan Charney February 13, 2013 at 01:10 AM
It's just a good name- and other than that- if not to honor the Indians- then it would be to honor Rand and have to be something like Rand Land or Rand City Walk or the Land that Rand Demanded or something

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