Landscape Architect & Specifier News

MAR 2018

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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Above: The 37% reduction in hardscapes allowed augmenting the landscape with drought tolerant plants (e.g., 'Gold Velvet' kangaroo paws; 'Greenlee Form' fescue; Autumn Moor grass; 'Jurred Rasperry' cordyline; diorama 'cosmos'; "Munstead' lavender; 'Soft Caress' mahonia; orange libertia; and Berkeley sedge), and 60 trees (Mediterranean fan and king palms, 'Princeton Sentry' gingko bloba, crabapples and 'Shawn Hill' olive trees). Rain gardens filter and reduce stormwater runoff. LEDs replaced the old site lighting, resulting in less glare. Concrete from the park demolition was repurposed as retaining and seat wall blocks. Top Right, Middle Top & Middle Bottom: Adjacent to the 5' raised tennis courts is the tower climbing structure, which leads to the embankment slides and the open green's play pieces: net structure, spinners, swings and see-saw. The playground meets all ADA accessibility and playground safety requirements. Bike parking was also added. March 2018 79 The large-scale sports lighting poles were rusted below grade and had to be replaced rather than retrofitted. Project Highlights - Successful multiple public agency cooperation over 16 years. - Community support throughout the work (37 public meetings). - Increased open space by 7,500 sq. ft. in one of the densest residential areas in the U.S. - Closed one street section to create a pedestrian greenway and link the library and park. - Integrated sustainable design principals throughout the park, adding 60 trees and reducing 37% of the hardscape. - Provided direct links to the library, pool and clubhouse, creating a vibrant neighborhood nexus that serves all age groups from toddlers to seniors. - Excellent collaboration between design team/construction management team. - Project was completed earlier than scheduled completion date. - Project was recognized for "Project of the Year" for under $5 million from Northern California APWA

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