One of the nicest upgrades of 2004: a wide strip of pavement encircling Betty Virginia Park, one of the city's common grounds. Walkers and joggers of all backgrounds circumnavigate the park beneath oaks, pines and cypress trees. The kid's area has a new island of gymnuptial objects and a floor made of magical cork/stuff.
One of the people to thank: city councilman Monty Walford, 222-5430, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whose illustrations come to mind, given the scabrous gnarls of this venerable oak? Englishman Arthur Rackham, perhaps?