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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50 Landscape Architect and Specifier News of urban street components. The skate park was designed to accommodate everyone from beginners to experienced skaters. Also, it is well lighted for nighttime use. It is truly amazing to see the number of skaters that enjoy this feature of the park every single day throughout the year. Play for Kids, Youth, Adults and Dogs The park has two age-appropriate playgrounds (2-5 years old and 5-12 years old) with universal accessibility. There is a regulation size full court basketball court and one half-size basketball court, both lighted. There are three multipurpose ball fields with soccer field overlays and sports lighting. The baseball plaza sports a concession stand, with shaded areas for picnic tables and barbecues. The off-leash dog park is sectioned into three areas for different size dogs: large dogs, smaller dogs and a segregated area for pups. The surfacing for all spaces is wood chips. The big dog area has ramps, tunnels and obstacles. Colorful Fabric Shades Fabric shade structures provide sun protection for part users, while energizing the area with a pop of vibrant color. Fabric shade structures complement design of the park in shades of rain forest, desert sand and laguna blue. "We incorporated shade at the ball field picnic plaza, picnic shelter areas, tot lots, basketball courts, group picnic shelters, aquatic center concessions areas and the picnic shelter pool deck," explains Liz Ketabian, park planning manager for the city of Carlsbad. Multiple shade designs and structural types work together beautifully to create the desired look the city and planners intended. All Above the Aqua Norte Aquatic Center features a 56-meter competition pool with a bulkhead and viewing bleachers, a 25-yard 12-lane swim instructional pool, a warm water spa for adults and a splash pad for children. Aquatic Design Group was the designer. City officials expect to recover 99 percent of the park's approximately $1.2 million annual operations and maintenance costs with pool fees and facility rentals by its second year of operation. (Continued on page 52) Community Sports Venue (Continued from page 48)

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