March 31, 2005 - The Fish In The Wall
In the last couple of years there have been many park improvements in Santa Barbara. The old swing set/metal slide playgrounds have been replaced with stylish play centers made up of heat resistant plastic. It was not too long ago that the Oak Park playground's main attraction was the cement tunnel running underneath it. Kids World used to be nothing more than a couple of chain link swings under a fig tree.
And of course, once upon a time, Chase Palm Park only sat on the beach side of Cabrillo, the side with all the palms.
The other side of the street was an overgrown eyesore scattered with debris, rundown buildings, and homeless encampments. It was associated with drugs and riddled with crime. Fess Parker owned much of this land. He planned to use it for the expansion of his Resort (now the Double Tree) that was built in 1986.
During hotel expansion negotiations with the City, Fess Parker gave away the eight-acre parcel that is now the inland part of Chase Palm Park. Construction cost $8 million and was completed in 1997. Today, there is a plaza, a restored merry-go-round, a babbling brook, a recreation room, a snack bar, a bandstand for outdoor concerts on the grass, and a cool playground for the kiddies, named Shipwreck Playground.
The playground is shaped like a boat with whales and other sea animals around it.
One of the sea animals is a beautiful fish swimming out of the side of a wall. And this is the fish that we pictured in yesterday's Wednesday Where Is It (WWII) contest.
Girvin and Associates, who not only design parks, but also gardens of the rich & famous, designed the playground. On the Girvin website, they list Bonnie Raitt, James Garner, Courtney Cox, and Brendon Fraser as some of their clients. We did not find any pictures of these fancy homes, so the dedicated staff of edhat.com couldn't determine whether or not the homes had similar looking fish on their grounds.
In Yesterday's contest, there were many winners. dutcher, oliveoil, GregJ, nilpahczil, Creakhead, chaseme, katiec, raoul, emah, ramona, mccall, SpoilSport, LisaF, GinaF, lbusse, JohnnyD, La Rue, Bakery Girl, WP, Lou, Isi Dewey, and emilyp each named Chase Palm Park. There were too many winners to enlist the dog so we used Ed's Random Number Generator to choose the winner of the prize. LisaF wins the Axxess Card!
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