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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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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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