Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2018

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Continued from page 18 p l a y g ro u n d Above: Inspired by the adjacent site of a former Red Car trolley station, the main structure of the playground is an 18-foot tall train, dubbed the Stanton Express. It and the water tower are both fully accessible, as is the green and beige resilient rubber surfacing. These play pieces provide a full range of play experiences for the 5 and older crowd. The train is also brought to life through a graphic mural on the community building. Top, Right: Because the park is 11 acres, the landscape architect sought to deliver multiple family-oriented recreation opportunities. The water play space is always packed with kids, big and small. The equipment was selected to match the railroad and outdoor western themes of the playground. Bottom, Right: The rocks and ropes play space (Landscape Structures) challenges the "tweens" with active, creative elements. The yearlong planning for the park included input from the neighborhood association, the city teen commission, City Council, and parks commission. From site clearing to opening, it took just one year. and native trees, shrubs, succulents and groundcovers, in conjunction with state- of-the-art water-wise irrigation systems, showcase the natural beauty that thrives in our Southern California climate. The butterfly garden inspires a sensate awareness of ecological systems at play in nature. Community art, sculptures and murals, plenty of benches and tables, covered picnicking areas, and open swaths of grass facilitate and invite social gathering. For the first time, Stanton now has a permanent venue to host large- scale events such as summer concerts that attract thousands of residents and visitors. Having a park like this shows the deep interest and commitment the city and its residents have for an improved quality of life within this tight knit community. After many years of funding obstacles, the building of Stanton Central Park has unified the community and created safe places for healthy active play. This park is a milestone in Stanton history. For this community, the value of this park is far greater than its $11.2 million construction cost. It reflects the city's commitment to provide quality of life improvements while inspiring healthy lifestyles and promoting recreation for all residents. Stanton Central Park opened in June 2016. In the three summer months following, more than 64,000 people visited, reflecting the park's immense success within the community. Project Team: Ci ty of Stanton: Community Services and Public Works Departments Pa rk Design Lead: David Volz Design Landscape Architects, Inc. Civil Engineering: Penco Engineering Community Buildings Design: Poindexter Consulting Electrical Engineering: Design West Engineering Construction Contractor: USS Cal Builders Pl ay Elements: Landscape Structures (Rocks & Ropes) Splash Pad: Water Odyssey Inc. Ou tdoor Fitness Equipment: Greenfields Outdoor Fitness Playground Surfacing: Spectraturf Construction Manager: Civil Source 20 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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