Landscape Architect & Specifier News

MAR 2015

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March 2015 85 Above, Right town Square is a park-like retreat for downtown shoppers, workers and residents (400 apartment units at the Colony at o ntario Square). town Square is organized on a diagonal corridor and pedestrian promenade, from the southwest corner of the site at euclid on axis to the existing library, with a pedestrian connection to ontario City hall, a block over to the east. Prior to the opening of the project, downtown residents had only 0.86 acres of parkland per 1,000 residents (according to the California State Parks Fact Finder Report), none of which was "useable" park or green space, because it was located on the Euclid Avenue median, hardly an accessible space. This green space allotment was significantly less than the state recommended three park acres per 1,000 residents. Town Square has increased livability for the residents in the neighborhood by providing a place with green landscape and trees, a place for children to play, a place to enjoy a picnic, a place to listen to a concert, and a place to spend time with family and friends in a natural setting in the middle of downtown. Community Outreach The community outreach included mailers/flyers seeking input for successful results, encouraging residents and businesses to write down their ideas and bring them to the neighborhood gathering. The invitation was open to the district's school board faculty and student population, Ontario business community and Hispanic business community. To receive ideas from the children of the neighborhood, the workshop went to classrooms. The consensus results from the community outreach were incorporated into the plan. Under "program/activities," the participants expressed the desire for concerts, theater, and temporary restrooms; under "park beautification," the consensus was for landscaping, trash/recycle bins, play gardens and water elements; and under "safety/security," security cameras and security presence were requested. Sustainable Communities Grant In 2011, the city submitted the project to seek funds from the Urban Greening Project for Sustainable Communities grant to transform the 1.77 acres of downtown storefront property and paved parking

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