Landscape Architect & Specifier News

MAR 2017

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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70 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Regatta Park Continued from page 68 an ADA-accessible path that transects the site and provides a shaded connection between the east and west portions of the park. The tropical gardens area were inspired by the preservation of numerous large coconut palms that were under-planted with a variety of tropical shrubs and groundcovers as the backdrop to the park's picnic area. The existing trees and palms were incorporated into the park design and relocated on site. The areas of the park without existing vegetation were designated for the expo lawn—a large multiuse green space—or for the native hammock gardens, vegetated areas with 100% native flowering and evergreen trees, shrubs and groundcovers. These native landscape areas only require supplemental irrigation during drought conditions. The park has become a daily destination for locals. During special events it becomes a gathering space for large crowds of visitors and residents. The park offers quiet spaces—the tropical gardens and native hammock gardens—as well as large open spaces such as the expo lawn. The expo lawn balances daily use for unprogrammed recreational activities. It also showcases special events, including the Sailing World Cup Miami, a world class sailing event for top-level racing, and the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, South Florida's most successful arts festival that attracts around 120,000 people. Above: These triangular steel latticed pillars (20"x20"x 19.6' tall) near the terminus of the promenade accommodate LED lighting (Streetlife) in their bases. Above: The park features precast concrete lounges that add sculptural elements to the park. Palm bracing is ubiquitous in Florida. The trunks are wrapped with adjustable nylon straps to hold preformed wooden blocks in place that accommodate 2x4s. The 2x4s can be wedged, nailed or screwed into place. It's not the most attractive arrangement, and can be tripping hazards. Above: The playground also incorporates oolite cubes. Atop the safety surfacing, they also function as climbers. Above: The 'Green Malayan' coconut palms preserved in the park are under planted with a variety of tropical shrubs and groundcovers in the picnic area. Other palms in the park are of the Royal, Sabal and 'Satakentia' varieties. The parks picnic tables, custom benches and trash receptacles are from Wausau Tile ('Tectura Designs').

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