Landscape Architect & Specifier News

MAR 2015

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82 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Ontario Town Square Landscape Architecture by RJM Design Group, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Ontario Town Square brings life and energy in a natural setting to the urban fabric of the downtown. It's "Ontario's outdoor community living room," where residents come together as a community to enjoy each other's company and to be part of the city's vision for the area. A number of events and festivals are already programmed for Town Square, making this a special place and asset for the community. Ontario, Calif. (pop. 163,924) is in San Bernardino County, about 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The city is in the western section of what's known locally as the Inland Empire. The city's major employer is Ontario International Airport, the 15th busiest U.S. airport by cargo carried. Ontario celebrated the grand opening of Ontario Town Square in September 2014 to correspond with the annual Route 66 Cruisin' Reunion on historic Euclid Avenue. Route 66 Cruisin' Reunion is a three-day classic car show that draw some 200,000 visitors. Town Square is organized on a diagonal view corridor and pedestrian promenade from the southwest corner of the site at Euclid on axis to the existing library, with a pedestrian connection to Ontario City Hall. Town Square is designed to be a flexible space, capable of holding a number of different events and activities throughout the year, while creating a park-like retreat for downtown shoppers, workers and residents. Spaces of different scale and atmosphere are developed along the central promenade, spiraling away from the central iconic clock tower, a symbol of the city's pride. Amphitheater and Band Shell The amphitheater and band shell are located on the east side of the square with a large grassy area for amphitheater seating and large open space that is flexible for various community events. The spaces that make up Town Square include a pedestrian promenade, an open-air amphitheater, palm courts, children's play garden, picnic area, a wedding gazebo and a rose garden. There's room for future restaurants and outdoor patio spaces on the square. Promenade and Palm Courts The pedestrian promenade and palm courts provide flexible spaces At Ontario (Calif.) Town Square an attractive walkway of interlocking pavers (Ackerstone) leads past the west courtyard, which is dominated by large Medjool date plams and Chinese elms. Ontario became a city in 1891. Images of the city's past are presented on the brick (Belden) History Wall (right). Quick Response codes (two dimensional barcodes) allow smartphone users via the free Wi-Fi to scan them and learn the history behind each image. Energy efficient LEDs and ceramic metal halide pedestrian light fixtures with acorn-style luminaires (poles by King Luminaire) emulate Ontario's historic street lighting. There are also in-grade accent lights, recessed wall washers, recessed downlights (Omega) and palm tree ring lights. Photo: BRAD NeLSoN

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