Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2014

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86 Landscape Architect and Specifier News It was in 1969 when Nevada City, a well-preserved 1849 Gold Rush town located 60 miles northeast of Sacramento, Calif., lost its town square to Highway 49. Nevada City has been redefining itself ever since. In recent years, in its pursuit to become more resilient, Nevada City has come to understand the value of community space and has been working to reclaim its commons. The objectives of the Nevada City Boardwalk were to create a space for community, alleviate sidewalk congestion and stimulate more pedestrian traffic, while fostering the diversity that is conducive to a healthy community and positive economic development. Repurposing three parallel parking spaces, the 8 by 60 square foot boardwalk on Commercial Street is a part of this movement. It was designed, built and installed as a project of the Nevada City Sustainability Team by an all-volunteer work force one Sunday morning in August, 2011. The Nevada City Sustainability Team is an ad hoc committee of local experts and residents appointed by the city council. The team's mission was to create a vision for the community that values environmental quality, social equity, and economic vitality, and to develop strategies for its implementation, long-term management and economic viability. The Nevada City Council initially approved the boardwalk as a two-year pilot project. The city council has since voted to extend the pilot period for another year, before deciding whether to keep the boardwalk Top Planter boxes and guard rails with rebar pickets separate the boardwalk from the street, making it a space where parents can relax without worrying about their young children entering the street. The sides of the planter boxes are rusty, corrugated tin from a construction project, echoing buildings in and around the town. Above, Left & Right Three parallel parking spaces on Commercial Street in Nevada City, Calif., were repurposed into an 8 by 60 square foot boardwalk, an inspiration of the San FranciscoÕs Pavement to Parks program http://pavementtoparks.sfplanning.org. It was built and installed by volunteers one Sunday morning in August. The objectives were a new community space, to alleviate sidewalk congestion and stimulate pedestrian traffic. The decking and benches are redwood salvaged from decking. Gary Tintle of Tintle, Inc., directed construction of the boardwalk. The Nevada City Boardwalk on Commercial Street —A Parklet, a Social Experiment for a Community Building By Reinette Senum, Former City Mayor, and Karin Kaufman Landscape Architect (Continued on page 88)

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