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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March 2015 81 improvements cannot lead to any increased discharge to these antiquated systems. At McClatchy Park, the absence of any functional drain system meant that the discharge volume "not to exceed" was effectively zero. Through the incorporation of detention basins and the assignment of a reasonable value to the nonfunctioning drainage, the design team was able to demonstrate the completed park would result in no net increase in stormwater discharges. The Landscape In addition to looking the part of a fun amusement park, McClatchy Park's landscape also had to function in today's urban context. California's prolonged drought, combined with dwindling city resources to maintain parks, necessitated the creation of a low-water use and low-maintenance landscape. Upgrades were made to the park's irrigation system to improve efficiency, and careful plant choices have reduced water use. To increase safety and security, existing park pathway lights were replaced with solar powered LEDs, and a solar powered security camera prevents vandalism after hours. As a part of the general park improvements, several amenities were upgraded and relocated to improve usability and be a better fit within the park context. Improved tennis courts, a basketball court, and a basketball shooting game provide active recreation opportunities. Similarly, a decomposed granite jogging path runs continuously around the perimeter of the park and is punctuated by outdoor fitness stations for public use. Above This large picnic shelter (Poligon) includes a roof-mounted solar panel to power the structure's lights. The picnic area tables and trash receptacles are centrally located in the playground to facilitate views and access to the amenities, including the interpretive butterfly garden in the foreground. The butterfly garden is planted with drought- tolerant species carefully selected for their butterfly attracting characteristics: 'Blue Chip' dwarf butterfly bush, blue fescue, 'hidcote' english lavender, 'Margarita BOP' blue bedder and creeping Rosemary. Three custom-built low-flow water misting carousel horses (Water Odyssey) form a ring around the water play area, a sentimental link to Joyland's old merry-go-round. (Continued on page 133)

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