Fake Creek of the Week #2

August 12, 2011 § 9 Comments

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Today’s Fake Creek of the Week brings us to the magical confluence of three canyons, whose waters led New Agers (who state this is Tongva lore) to believe the locale to be a mystical power place.  And it may be that the many millionaires who live nearby agree, the rest of us lowly mortals can only acknowledge the confluence of the powerful with this place.

But we’re here to look at this fine example of fake creekery.  Unlike last week’s Fake Creek, today’s celebrates water and play – a children’s water feature safely shielding kids from the natural hazards and joys of real creeks.  The water?  Municipally treated and imported.  Dirt? None.  Scary wildlife?  Conveniently frozen in metal.  They’re so much more pettable that way.  Never fear, moms – your children won’t challenge themselves, won’t discover wildness and its attendant lessons (let’s start with adaptation vs. control), and perhaps most important of all, won’t track mud in.

It’s actually a very pleasant and clever little toddler pool – but knowing a real stream died only to be memorialized by this concrete simulacra tarnishes the shine on our magic canyon’s aura.

Do you know where this is?



§ 9 Responses to Fake Creek of the Week #2

  • Gina says:

    I don’t know where this one is but might I suggest the fake creek at Kidspace Childrens Museum (near the Rose Bowl) as another candidate for fake creek of the week. It is also, ironically right in the floodplain of the Arroyo Seco – just a couple hundred yards from the concrete bed of the Arroyo itself. While my kids do enjoy playing in it [the fake creek] I make sure that they get lots of exposure to real nature as well.

  • Nancy says:

    I like the water feature in the kid’s garden at the Huntington. The whole play area is delightfully designed to not be completely safe – the “creek” has rocks to step on and over and climbing areas do not have rubberized floors. But it is a little too clean!

  • I remember a really neat water feature at a park east of the 110 in the Arroyo Seco area. There was a little pump that let kids pump water into a sand area, where they could play in the sand and create a little river… as long as someone kept pumping. I would have loved it as a kid and if kids weren’t already using it I would have played with it as an adult. Anyone else been there?

  • Jessica Hall says:

    I don’t know of these interesting fake creeks and will probably have to cover them at some point – but keep guessing where Fake Creek #2 is!

  • Jeff says:

    Sooo, our fake creek is the kid’s sized version of the Arroyo Seco, at the Audubon Center at Debs Park. That is the one described by Slow Water Movement. We do take kids to the real Arroyo, here in Highland Park, in Pasadena, Millard Canyon, and Switzer Falls…And the other comment is refering to Kidspace Museum also right near the Arroyo.

    • Jessica Hall says:

      Now I’m going to have to come visit you guys again, I remember a lovely fountain with plants, but missed the fake creek aspect of it!

  • Other fake creeks: Wilderness Park in Redondo Beach (loved this as a kid since there are no natural creeks in that area left) and Delthorne Park in Torrance has some sad disappointing dry ones.

  • Oona Martin says:

    That’s Coldwater Canyon Park, with the fire station in the background. it’s where Gwen Stefani and others take their kids to play (or send them with nannies…)

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