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 83 for outdoor events and programs. In the short period that Town Square has been open to the community, a number of events have been scheduled that include the Fall Fest and weekly Market Nights with live performances, pumpkin patch and corn maze. The upcoming holiday tradition of "Christmas on Euclid Avenue Experience," an arts and craft fair, will feature the Inland Conservatory for the Performing Arts, and include "12 historic and recently refurbished nativity scenes" that have been part of Christmas on Euclid for more than 50 years. History Wall The city's past is documented on the History Wall, located in the center of the square and on the art mural on the south-facing wall of the band shell. A Quick Response (QR) code provides a convenient means for smartphone users to get instant historical descriptions of each image. Both of these works of art commissioned by local artists reflect Ontario's roots, accomplishments and major events, relating the story of the city to remind those who have lived in the city during those times and inform future generations of past events that have shaped the city. Infiltration Basin Sustainable elements are incorporated into the project to help preserve natural resources. For example, an infiltration basin captures and retains storm water onsite and doubles as a turf-covered green amphitheater for outdoor concerts and performances. Rain gardens capture and retain rainwater for reuse to be made available to help care for California native and drought tolerant plants. Permeable surfaces throughout the development help to reduce the rate and quantity of stormwater runoff and improve stormwater quality by allowing it to filter into the ground. Energy efficient lighting sources such as LED and ceramic metal pedestrian light fixtures are used throughout the project to help offset energy consumption, while providing a safe, night time ambiance. The Town Square project serves as a model for preserving open space and reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, while promoting an increased quality of life.

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