Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUN 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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Continued from page 20 p l a y g ro u n d Above: By closing Osage Avenue, the new park became a significantly larger open space. More than 50 trees were planted—Brisbane Box, Chinese Tallow, Eastern Redbud, King palm, live oak, 'Pink Dawn' Chitalapa, 'Pink' ipe and 'Samuel Sommer' magnolia—three times as many as would have been installed if the through street had remained. The turf is 'Elite Plus' sod. The concrete walkway is 10' wide to accommodate emergency vehicles. Top, Right: The trees installed within the hardscape areas (e.g., the King palm in this photo) have Ironsmith tree grates and frames. Bottom, Right: This play piece is called a "Phizics" climber, described by Miracle Recreation Equipment as "jax on a post." An appropriate poured-in-place safety surface was specified on the playground. elements the community needed and desired. The through street had created significant cut-through congestion and parking problems, along with night security concerns. With the street closed, a new landscaped environment has replaced the asphalt street. Security and safety has improved, and property values are rising. With the larger footprint afforded by the street vacation, all the most important elements desired by the community were included in the pleasant park layout. The neighborhood children can take to the climbing rocks, ropes and a climbing tower. There are music notes inlaid in the floor plane of the play space. "Piano keys" adorn the benches and the play equipment features musical elements. The music theme commemorates a local music shop once frequented by the Beach Boys. New outdoor exercise equipment, group and individual picnic spaces and sinuous walking paths invite families and neighbors to congregate. The new park is more than twice the size of the open space parcel identified prior to the street closure. The gateways that invite the community into the park during the day are locked at night. There are play lots for toddlers and grade-schoolers, climbing rocks for older kids, and small and large picnic and gathering spaces for community and family events. There is grass for running and playing and plenty of shade trees across the former street right-of-way. There is even a large exercise area that is regularly used by young adults and by parents who are in the park with their children. The new park accommodates more than 50 trees, three times as many as would have been installed at the smaller site. The site is safe with no adjacent vehicular traffic concerns for kids in the park. The large covered group picnic space and two small picnic gazebos provide community and family gathering spaces. 22 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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