Reflecting Pool
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Just south of the Botanical Building in Balboa Park, is an eloquent example of the use of reflecting pools to enhance architecture. The 193 by 43 foot pond and smaller companion pool were originally referred to as Las Lagunas de las Flores (The Lakes of the Flowers) and were designed as aquatic gardens for the Panama-California Exposition in 1915. The pools contain exotic water lilies and lotus which bloom spring through fall.
The Botanical Building's reflecting pool, home now to Koi, turtles, and water lilies, was used as a swimming pool in World War II for patients from the Navy hospital.

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