Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2018

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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to the city for transformation of a concrete storm channel that bisects the park into a restored natural stream. This stream would be a historic water body, and a tributary of the Los Angeles River, conveying a significant portion of urban runoff from Burbank into the L.A. River itself. Transforming this gutter into a natural system would provide not only local benefits of habitat restoration and aquifer recharge, but also regional benefits by lessening the demand on the Los Angeles River. By presenting a broader vision for the park renovation that would benefit the Los Angeles River Watershed as well as Burbank citizens, AHBE asked the city to increase its project scope and budget to include the creek restoration. Subsequently, the city also decided to measure performance by monitoring the water quality during the project. The Johnny Carson Park revitalization project addresses four factors of sustainability. The project is significant for its restoration of a tributary to the Los Angeles River. Water quality and water retention are critical for the Los Angeles region and were the main considerations for the design. For Little Tujunga Wash Creek, for example, AHBE worked with a stream restoration specialist and engineers to replace the concrete channel with a natural streambed with native plants. The creek restoration means more food and shelter for urban wildlife, which in turn connects people to nature. This is important because wildlife in urban areas can benefit human health, quality of life, education and aesthetics. AHBE created a community place with enhanced recreational amenities to provide a positive and healthy Above: This view is to the restored wash (foreground), and the restored turf. Kikuyugrass was used to patch and repair disturbed areas. The turf is irrigated by reclaimed water. Along the trail is new exercise equipment (right). The 'parcourse' stations include spring up; handhold leglift post; parallel bars; beam run; beam jump touch; chin up bar; curved balance beam; situp/pushup bench; horizontal ladder and the step up. 36 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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