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Malibu gets its own central park

October 2, 2010 | 10:47 am

On a stroll

When Malibu's new central park opens Saturday, visitors will see sculptures of a giant king snake and burrowing owl covered in jazzy mosaic tiles. And those who stroll the park's decomposed granite pathways will observe hillocks, 500 freshly planted trees and cyan-colored patches of mulch and seeds that should grow to resemble coastal prairie.

Less obvious, however, will be the park's reason for being: reducing water pollution.

Buried beneath visitors' feet is a sophisticated network of pipes and filters engineered to remove bacteria, metals and trash from the stormwater runoff that has long contaminated Malibu Creek, Malibu Lagoon and the point break at Surfrider Beach.

The $38-million Malibu Legacy Park is considered to be the centerpiece of the city's commitment to clean water, a commitment that coastal activists say is welcome if long overdue.

Read the full story here.

-- Martha Groves

Photo: Malibu City Manager Jim Thorsen walks along one of the park’s decomposed granite pathways, flanked by mulch and seeds that should grow to resemble coastal prairie. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times