Over the past few weeks, LASHP has been all about BHSO – Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook – the newest California State Park set to open in Los Angeles this weekend, April 18. The Los Angeles Sector has been quite busy, along with District headquarters, and partners Los Angeles Audubon and Baldwin Hills Conservancy, planning this weekend’s grand opening event and activities. If you would like to check out the spectacular new visitor center and even more spectacular views of the city, the park is located at 6300 Hetzler Road in Culver City. Saturday’s event will include dignitaries, musical entertainment, guided nature tours, bird watching, native plant restoration, eco crafts, and healthy food and refreshments for the whole family from 12:00 – 4:00pm.
Even though the LASHP staff has already spent a fair amount of time at BHSO during the planning and construction phases, there have still been moments amid the furious coordination activity when we were suddenly taken with the peacefulness and truly amazing views of the landscape. “We wanted to provide a tranquil respite from big city life,” said State Parks Director Ruth Coleman. “Now people living in this highly congested area can get out and experience nature close to home.” Visit the overlook and I think you’ll agree that it truly is a respite and quite a special place that Angelenos will enjoy for years to come.
“It is a scientific fact that the occasional contemplation of natural scenes of an impressive character, particularly if this contemplation occurs in connection with relief from ordinary cares, change of air and habits, is favorable to the health and vigor of men and especially to the health and vigor of their intellect beyond any other conditions which can be offered them, but it not only gives pleasure for the time being but increases the subsequent capacity for happiness and the means of securing that happiness.”