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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84 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Above & Inset o ntario's two-acre town Square Park at the southeast corner of h olt Boulevard and euclid Avenue was 10 years in the making. the project provides the city's oldest, most densely populated and economically underserved neighborhood with its first dedicated green space. Sustainable elements include drought tolerant and California native landscaping; permeable walkways; a California native plant rain garden with educational interpretive signage; an infiltration basin beneath the amphitheater; vegetated bioswales to capture stormwater and improve water quality; a smart irrigation system; and energy-efficient lighting. Neighborhood's First Dedicated Green Space Town Square is a next generation concept born out of the city's effort over the past eight years to transform and revitalize downtown Ontario into a model of sustainable living. The project provides the city's oldest, most densely populated and economically underserved neighborhood with its first dedicated green space. The city has worked diligently to create a destination in the downtown area that will provide multiple benefits for residents and area merchants. Some of the first steps in the planning were to make way for the Town Square Apartments and Townhomes, and Senior Housing adjacent to Town Square. These developments comprise just under 400 housing units in close proximity to city transit. The renovated library and LEED Silver City Hall have also helped to enhance the downtown core. The creation of Town Square will be another stepping stone to the revitalization of a livable, walkable downtown, which aligns with the state's priorities to encourage resource efficient development and exemplifies "smart growth." It is another stepping-stone in a series of revitalization projects that help make downtown Ontario a better sustainable place for residents to live, work and play. In 2010, the Ontario City Council unanimously approved the filing of an application for local assistance funds from the Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Act of 2008. The city underwent an extensive effort to accommodate a broad representation of residents and business owners by inviting them to five neighborhood gatherings to solicit their input related to program/activities design elements, park beautification, and safety/security issues. Before

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