Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2018

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Beginning in July 2016, the Johnny Carson Park Revitalization project, led by AHBE Landscape Architects, renovated an existing 9.9-acre multiuse urban park that is located immediately north of the 134 Freeway and the Los Angeles River in Burbank, California. This open space was once part of the Tujunga Wash and is situated just upstream from its historical confluence with the Los Angeles River. As the multiple channels of the wash were incorporated into the flood control system, the watershed draining to this site was reduced significantly to approximately three square miles. Today, this watershed area is primarily comprised of commercial and industrial urban land uses. The creek that flows through the park is referred to as Old Tujunga Wash. The city of Burbank initially wanted a renovation and energy-efficiency update to the various recreational amenities in this heavily used urban park. The scope of work included new pedestrian trails, a destination children's play area, expanded event stage, picnic areas, refurbished pedestrian bridges and installation of interpretive signage. Large mature trees that lined much of the perimeter of the park were to remain untouched. During the conceptual design phase, AHBE saw an important opportunity for improving water quality, flood control and habitat restoration. The firm articulated a vision This project involved renovating the 9.9-acre Johnny Carson Park located immediately north of the 134 Freeway and the Los Angeles River in Burbank, California. AHBE led a design team that included civil, structural and electrical engineers, an environmental graphics designer and a stream restoration specialist. January 2018 35 Johnny Carson Park Revitalization Landscape Architecture by AHBE, Los Angeles PHOTOGRAPHY: SIBYLLE ALLGAIER, HELIPHOTO (HELIPHOTO.NET)

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