Landscape Architect & Specifier News

MAR 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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Team City of San Luis Obispo: Owner Shelly Stanwyck, Parks and Recreation Director RRM Design Group: Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering, Surveying Lief McKay, ASLA, LEED AP – Principal/Project Manager Amanda Klemaske: Senior Designer Robert Camacho, PE: Civil Engineer Steve Webster: Surveyor Wormhoudt Inc.: Skate Park Design Zach Wormhoudt, Principal Craig Waltz, Landscape Architect Thoma Electric: Roger Preheim, Electrical Engineer CAI, Inc.: Cost Estimation Mike Adams, CPE Earth Systems: Geotechnical Engineering Robert Down, PE Artists: Jed Joyce & John Jones Robert Vessely: Structural Engineering ProWest Constructors: General Contractor California Skateparks: Skate Park Construction Specified Manufactures Bollards: Landscape Structures Tables and Benches: Victor Stanley Tree Grates & Guards: Neenah Foundry 94 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Santa Rosa Skate Park Continued from page 92 San Luis Obispo (pop. 45,119) is a California central coast city 94 miles north of Santa Barbara, 43 miles south of Hearst Castle and 30 miles south of the wineries of Paso Robles. Junipero Serra of course founded his Franciscan mission here in 1772, naming it after a 13th century sainted bishop, Louis de Toulouse. San Louis Obispo is the county seat and a college town. It's home to Cal Poly (California Polytechnic State University) and Cuesta Community College. According to the 2018 DesignIntelligence survey of deans, chairs and other leaders at schools with landscape architecture programs, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is the #1 most admired undergraduate landscape architecture program in the nation. Since 1983, the city has held a large Farmers' Market downtown every Thursday evening. Quirky facts: 1) Weird Al Yankovic, who earned a degree in architecture at Cal Poly, was a campus radio DJ, and recorded "My Bologna" in a campus bathroom stall for its sound effects. 2) People have been sticking their chewing gum on the walls of "Bubble Gum Alley" since 1960. Left: The public outreach led to creating part of the park as a "street course" and part of the park as a "pools and bowls" course. The street course features hand-painted murals of road sign graphics in a punchy, pop-art style. The pictograms are reflective of local highways and features. Right: A prominent feature of the skate park is four massive concrete and steel "trees" which seem to sprout from the skate deck to tower 25 feet above it. Skateboarders, of course, use the "trunk" as another challenging feature. The design is by artists Jed Joyce and John Jones, who have skateboarding and construction backgrounds. The multilayered canopies of the trees are skate terminology word clouds cut out of aluminum (inset). You can sometimes see the outlines of letters on the pavement.

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