When I was a kid growing up in Long Beach during the '30s one of my greatest pleasures was when our family picnicked at Irvine Park.
I remember the sycamores, the lake, the rowboats.
Today, tooling top down in my classic convertible, I again visited that (Irvine Regional) park of so many wonderful memories.
I wasn't disappointed.
I found it much as I remembered--being enjoyed by many people. I commend those administering it for keeping it as it was--except for the lake and the rowboats!
What happened? Where are those wonderful two-person rowboats?
No one was using the lake. There's a somewhat run-down facility with horrible huge-wheeled something-or-others ("paddle boats"), one haphazardly "docked" boathouse where rowboats should have been, and a lake filled with foul green growth.