Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2014

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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60 Landscape Architect and Specifier News West Capitol Avenue ( Continued from page 58) Sacramento River. This approach to green infrastructure is carried out in the overall execution of the streetscape through planting nearly new 225 trees and replacing large portions of impervious surfaces with planted areas. Where possible, existing trees were maintained, including the heritage liquid amber tree in the Civic Plaza median. All trees were provided with ample planting room for healthy growth. Structural soil has been installed under sidewalks where planting areas were constrained, such as pedestrian paths in East Gateway. The complexity of implementing the infrastructure and streetscape improvements was increased by the need to allow other multiple projects to be constructed at the same time. Various agencies, departments, designers and contractors had to regularly coordinate and cooperate to allow for other key projects to be completed, including the multipurpose West Sacramento Community Center, and Sacramento City College's West Sacramento Center campus, as well the West Sacramento Transit Center for local and regional Yolo bus service. Those projects have energized the street and attracting more amenities. At the end of Phase I, the city and community were able to reclaim their main street that now serves all modes of travel, plus pedestrians, bicyclists, buses and cars. It helps create an iconic downtown Civic Center and East End Gateway that, in turn, has helped catalyze new private investment in existing and new developments along the corridor, including the Capitol Bowl. With the dedicated work of the community, the re:Street of West Capitol Avenue was successfully realized. above Cast bronze baseball statues by artist Lisa Reinertson in the Civic Center Plaza are a nod to the Sacramento River Cats, West Sacramento's popular Pacific Coast League team, the Triple-A affiliate of Major League Baseball's Oakland Athletics, who play at nearby Raley Field.

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