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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88 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Above, Left the West Courtyard has herringbone, and parquet hardscape patterns, separated by bands and squares of precast architectural concrete (Quickcrete). the benches are from Landscape Structures. Photo: BRAD NeLSoN Top Right the tile mural on the back of the bandshell wall is by artist Andrea Benitez. it depicts imagery pertinent to o ntario: a 'Charlotte' Armstrong rose; euclid Ave. (Route 83); an orange; an airplane (ontario international Airport); and shopping bags (ontario Mills, outlet stores). Photo: toM PAivA Above, Right town Square was designed to deliver multiple functions. one staple is Market day, every Sunday, Nov. to Feb., with retail street vendors, arts and crafts, food trucks and live entertainment. Photo: toM PAivA lot into a sustainable "green" community park with multiple conservation benefits. In 2012, the city of Ontario was awarded $933,694 from the Strategic Growth Council's urban greening grant program. The project sets an example of best practices in sustainability by increasing green space in a community that is highly deficient in park space and easily accessible. Town Square will be a model for other California cities. Town Square is not only an effort to revitalize the downtown area, but is a project that along with its obvious beautification connects various segments of the multicultural and multigenerational community. It provides a venue for outdoor festivals and cultural, recreational, educational and social events. In response to the Urban Greening grant, the project will foresee multiple measurable environmental benefits to improve the quality of life for the Ontario residents. By creating a central destination located in the heart of the civic center area, Town Square has provided accessibility to the most densely populated areas in the city, and has promoted walking, bicycling and use of public transit. The landscape will improve air and water quality, conserve natural resources, energy and reduce water consumption. The mission for Town Square has been accomplished: to bring green open space to the downtown, allowing the community a place for education, leisure and entertainment, and simply to make life better for the community. It is a project that demonstrates conservation through beautification. Ontario Town Square (Continued from page 86)

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