Landscape Architect & Specifier News

MAR 2015

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132 Landscape Architect and Specifier News The West Hollywood City Council approved the phase II designs for West Hollywood Park on February 2, 2015. New park elements will include fitness gardens, dog parks, playgrounds and special events areas. The $90-million project is designed by Rios Clementi Hale Studios, and LPA Inc., the architect responsible for the new Aquatic and Recreation building in the park. Phase I of the 6.59-acre park, designed by Johnson Favaro and completed in 2011, encompasses the West Hollywood Library, a parking structure with rooftop tennis courts, basketball courts, a lawn and tree-lined promenades. "We juggled a multitude of desired, but seemingly conflicting, programmatic uses," explains landscape architect Samantha Harris, ASLA, LEED AP, a senior associate at Rios Clementi Hale Studios. The community asked for active sports fields; quiet areas; a large dog park; playground; native gardens; exercise equipment and an area for large civic events. At the heart of phase II is the "flexible meadow," a multipurpose low-maintenance turf area with raised seating berms, large specimen trees preserved and pathways. Mexican sycamore canopy trees, decorative pedestrian lighting and contemporary site furnishings will line the ADA-accessible promenades that encircle the meadow and extend to the new Aquatic and Recreation Building. Robertson Commons will incorporate a picnic area, dramatic tree lighting and artist Phillip K. Smith III's 'Parallel Perpendicular.' Gardens with exercise equipment and resilient surfacing will be located along the promenade, as will restrooms. A new entrance to the park near San Vicente Gardens will preserve a mature sycamore, while creating a vestibule to the National AIDS Monument. Rios Clementi Hale Studios is working with Australian artist Daniel Tobin (Urban Art Projects) to integrate his monument design. Vivid colors of native, drought-tolerant and low-maintenance plantings will create a living quilt to provide an overall identity and distinctive character within the gardens and activity areas. Blue and purple plants will be part of the shaded microclimate of Robertson Commons, while the active garden area around the Aquatic and Recreation Building entry and grand stairway will beckon with bright red and pink flowering plants. Among the design elements for phase II of West Hollywood Park is an unusual multi-level playground. The rubber safety surfacing colors are inspired by the native California poppy. ImAge: RIos ClemenTI HAle sTudIos West Hollywood Park Design Celebrates Community's Vibrant Diversity I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 7 0 4 I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 6 3 2

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