Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 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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Continued on page 20 22 Landscape Architect and Specifier News George Rocky Graham Park, the only outdoor recreation area in Marin City, Calif., had its grand re-opening in 2015. In addition to this multi-story, treehouse-inspired play structure, the park is home to an amphitheater, an artificial turf field, a play area for younger kids, and amenities for adults and seniors. George Rocky Graham Park in Marin City, the most diverse city in Marin County, Calif., was funded by the state of California Proposition 84 Bond Act. This 1.2-acre community park is the primary play space for the entire community. The playground design focused on four major goals: implementing the vision of the community, providing maximum play value within a finite budget, integrating health and fitness into the design, and incorporating elements of the surrounding natural environment into the design. The park was named after George Rocky Graham who pushed for low-income housing, acted as a counselor in the Big Brother program and served on the Marin City Community Services District Board. In 1978, Rocky Graham was shot and killed in a dispute in front of a grocery store at the age of 28. Originally built in the 1940s for the families of the laborers who moved to the region to build Liberty ships on the waterfront during World War II, the park was dismantled and used as a dump in the 1990s. It remained unused for more than 20 years — until residents rallied with a petition to revive it. In 2012, The Trust for Public Land (TPL) led an active community outreach process to develop the initial design for the park and playground that reflected the needs, spirit and history of the community. A local outreach consultant, Marin Grassroots, organized an extensive campaign including paid local ambassadors as well as a steering committee to guide the collaborative community design effort. TPL hired Royston Hanamoto Alley and Abey (RHAA) in 2014 to implement this vision. George Rocky Graham Park p l a y g ro u n d By Tegan Hill, RHAA Landscape Architecture + Planning

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