Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Young Circle

Across the street from our condo is a Hollywood landmark called Young Circle. The park, which is round in shape, is a popular venue for such events as the Mardi Gras Fiesta Tropicale in February, St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival in March, the Hispanic Fest and Kuumba Festival in April, LoveFest and the 4th of July patriotic kickoff in July, the Holiday lights displays in December, among others. Surrounding the park are fine-dining restaurants, open air cafes, bars, art galleries, shops and stores.
The City of Hollywood dates back to a visit in 1920 by its founder, John Wesley Young. He dreamed about creating a special place that people would find appealing. On 1921, the Hollywood Land and Water Company which he owns started turning the marshlands, tomato farms, forests and undergrowth into Hollywood-by-the-Sea, Young's dream city. His plan called for the creation of a broad boulevard from the beach to the Everglades pierced by three traffic circles. The first circle was originally named Hollywood Circle, then changed to Harding Circle in honor of Pres. Harding who visited in 1923.

Today, it is named Young Circle in honor of Joseph Wesley Young, the city's founder.

1 comment:

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Very informative post on the origin of Young's Circle. From a dream of a man now comes a veritable tourist paradise that is enjoyed by everybody. The photos are very impressive. Thanks for the post. God bless you always.


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