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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40 Landscape Architect and Specifier News The stream restoration specialist's goal was to bring back a dynamically stable channel that would be largely self-maintaining, provide habitat, improve water quality and facilitate groundwater recharge. Instead of the old gunite channel that was intended to mimic a stream, the site now has a natural streambed. In the short period that the project has been completed, the site has become an ecological hotbed, as evidenced by the amount of bird activity that can be observed up and down the newly restored channel. The park is now a destination with enhanced habitat, recreational access, and water quality, as well as new walking paths with parcourse equipment and improved accessibility, bridges crossing the creek, picnic areas, new LED lighting, an expanded children's play area and new acoustic concert stage. AHBE Landscape Architects, Brandow & Johnston, Inc. (Structural Engineers - Bridge), California Watershed Engineering (Civil Engineers), Geotechnologies (Geotechnical Consultant), Jacobus & Yuang, Inc. (Cost "The restoration has brought tangible benefits: habitat restoration, ground water recharge, and storm water filtration. " —Evan Mather, FASLA, RLA, SITES AP, AHBE principal and lead designer Consultants), Kipust Engineering (Electrical Engineering), Linespace (Wayfinding), Restoration Design Group (Creek Restoration), Sweeney & Associates (Irrigation) Photography Credit Sibylle Allgaier, Top: Large mature trees flank the east side of the restored wash. The trees lining much of the park's perimeter remain untouched. LEDs light the park. Above: Restored pathways lead visitors through the park. Interpretive signage details the Little Tujunga Wash restoration. Team

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