Tuesday, August 12, 2014

100 Years, 100 Stories

Larry and the new Roxbury Park Community Center

Last night Larry and I drove to my childhood park, Roxbury Park in Beverly Hills.  I grew up one block from the park and spent much of my youth there.  Roxbury is a sweet little park with playgrounds, tennis courts, lawn bowling, barbecues, softball diamonds, green area, walkways and a beautiful new community center.  I was worried when plans for the new community center were announced.  The plans were subsequently downsized and revised.  The new center inhabits the same space as the older center, looks very similar in design, but has been considerably updated.
 
Former Roxbury Park Recreation Center, built 1958
Last night, the Beverly Hills Historical Society hosted an evening with the Producer and Writer of "Beverly Hills: 100 Years, 100 Stores," Phil Savenick.  Phil gave a presentation highlighting segments of his love letter to the City of Beverly Hills on it's centennial.  Phil and his crew have recorded hundreds of hours of interviews, historical information and footage all about the background of our City.  We saw at least six segments last night, while enjoying the company of old school friends and neighbors. 
Phil Savenick, Ellen, Bob Anderson, Diana Perry Doyle
 
Producer, Writer Phil Savenick tells the story of Beverly Hills

Larry and I walked around the new Center and saw different meeting rooms, a snack lounge/card room, dance studio, offices, courtyards, indoor/outdoor seating areas in addition to the new multi-purpose room that served as an auditorium and reception area last night.
View from Roxbury Drive
View from the park
Dance Studio
Snack Lounge
It was a wonderful evening.  We hope to attend future Second Mondays at Roxbury Park in the months to come.  Please join us and learn about the history of 100-year old Beverly Hills.  This event is open to the public!

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