Landscape Architect & Specifier News

MAR 2015

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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104 Landscape Architect and Specifier News neighborhood. Additionally, the wall created a major barrier between the street edge, a heavily used bus stop, and the future park. For all of these reasons, Stream made it a priority to drastically reduce the wall height, increase views into the park, and integrate safe and open access to the bus stop and street edge from the park. Since the project budget could not afford full removal and replacement of the wall, the designers renovated the wall by removing layers of paint, replacing degraded railing, rejuvenating planters, and most importantly, cutting down and through the wall to provide improved visibility and a direct universally accessible entry point. A low engraved wall at the new ramp proudly announces the Westwood neighborhood to passers-by. The design has proven to dramatically improve walking connections through the neighborhood, and invites people and activity in, adding life to and "eyes on" the park. Top, Left & Right The playground features a double Elephant swing for communal play. The shade shelter is from Poligon. Urban Play Studio was the play design collaborator and compliance consultant. Above, Left Denver mayor michael Hancock (right) and Councilman Paul Lopez (left) cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony for Cuatro Vientos, the first new park developed in the Westwood area in more than 30 years. a n ative american troupe performed ceremonial dances at the opening. Imag E: D En VEr ParkS anD rECrEaTIOn Above, Right The main walkway forms an aDa accessible, measurable walking loop (7 loops equals a mile) through the park, a feature requested by the community. The rB-12 backless benches and trash receptacles (model S-42) are from Victor Stanley. The picnic tables are vinyl-coated punched steel pedestal models. The foreground tree is 'redmond' linden (Tilia americana). The lighting is provided and maintained by the local utility, Xcel Energy. The landscape architects could only select a luminaire from a hand full of approved models, choosing an acorn type 150-watt HPS fixture on 14' 6" poles. LEDs are not yet on the utility's approved list. Imag E CrEDIT: STrEam DESIgn Cuatro Vientos (Continued from page 102) (Continued on page 116)

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