Landscape Architect & Specifier News

MAR 2015

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78 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Imagine if you could travel 125 years back in time simply by entering a park! As the previous site of Joyland Amusement Park, McClatchy Park in Sacramento has plenty of history to draw from, and the recent renovation brings back the spark from its earlier days. When it was opened in the 1890s, Joyland Park drew in the public from far and wide. They came by train and trolley to enjoy the carousel, roller coaster and zoo attractions. McClatchy Park, reimagined, has brought many of those opportunities back to life. A railbed, reminiscent of the old trolley lines, leads visitors under a historically-inspired entry arch and into the core of the park. The carousel (water play area) roller coaster (play structure) and zoo (life- size critter climbers) are all there! For the ambitious (and energetic) park users the opportunities include a butterfly garden, carefully situated picnic areas, and active recreation in the form of a skate park, jogging trail, fitness stations and sport courts. Located in the heart of Sacramento's historic Oak Park neighborhood, McClatchy Park is a beloved neighborhood space hosting a farmer's market, little league baseball, disk golf, picnic areas and an amphitheater. Thanks to the recent award of a state grant (Prop 84), the city found itself able to revive several of the park's older, less used facilities, expand the list of park amenities and upgrade many portions of the park's infrastructure to redefine the park as a safe and fun destination location for community residents and visitors. Amusement Park to Playground Paying homage to the site's history was especially important to the city and the project design team, as McClatchy Park was celebrated its 125th anniversary. The site's historic amusement park features inspired many of the park's improvements. Updating those elements to today's safety and accessibility standards in Above The landscape architects put a lot of thought into the details of each park feature to convey not only the look, but also the thrill- ride experience to evoke the Joyland Amusement Park that operated on the site from 1895 until 1927. The rolling form of this custom climber (Landscape Structures) is another prime example. Middle The arched entrance sign to the playground (Icon Shelter Systems) is reminiscent of the original monument sign to the Oak Park neighborhood. Stained concrete (Scofield) "trolley tracks" lead past the butterfly garden, carousel-themed mister area, toddler "zoo" and carnival play areas. The new tree plantings are 'Trident' maples.

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