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Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area, Phase VI
URL:Goto this web site  http://parks.co.la.ca.us/santa_fe_rpark.html 
Name:Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area, Phase VI 

Alternate Name:Santa Fe Flood Control Basin 
Address:15501 Arrow Highway 
Mailing Address: 
Postal Code:91706 
Latitude/Longitude:lat=34.106856; long=-117.942712
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Weather:current weather 
Designer(s):Takeo Uesugi and Associates 
Construction Period: -  
Hours:Open daily, 6:30am - 8pm 
Admission:$6 fee at the gate 
Added to JGarden:11/1/2001 
Last Updated:11/1/2001 
JGarden Description:This huge 836 acre site is on the back side of the Santa Fe Flood Control structure that keeps the San Gabriel River from flooding Los Angeles in a heavy rain. The structure itself is really quite an amazing of infrastructure, a large artificial ridge with a jogging path on top of it and an enormous recreation area below. The Japanese garden is apparently part of this. The garden was designed by Takeo Uesugi and Associates. Another TUA garden, City of Hope Medical Center is just across I-605 from here. Given that this is L.A., it's not exactly walking distance, but it's as close as things get on the Left Coast. 

A Pair of Stones

Two chunks of gray-green stone,
their shapes grotesque and unsightly,
wholly unfit for practical uses --
ordinary people despise them, leave them untouched.
Formed in the time of primal chaos,
they took their place at the mouth of Lake Taihu,
ten thousand ages resting by the lakeshore,
in one morning coming into my hands!

Pole-bearers have brought them to my prefectural office
where I wash and scrub away mud and stains.
The hollows are black, deeply scarred in mist,
crevices green with the rich hue of moss.
Aged dragons coiled to form their feet,
old swords stuck in for the crown,
I suddenly wonder if they didn't plummet from Heaven,
so different from anything in this human realm!

One will do to prop up my lute,
one to be a reservoir for my wine.
The tip of one shoots up several yards,
the other has a hollow, will hold a gallon of liquid!
My five-stringed instrument leaning on the left one,
my single wine cup set on the right,
I'll dip from the hollowed cask and it will never go dry,
though drunkenness long since has toppled me over.

Every person has something he loves,
and things all yearn for a companion.
More and more I fear that gatherings of the young
no longer will welcome a white-haired gentleman.
I turn my head, ask this pair of stones
if they'd consent to keep an old man company.
And though the stones are powerless to speak,
they agree that we three should be friends.

  Bai Juyi [Po Chu-i]

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