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David Volz Design (DVD) is a professional services firm dedicated to the design of creative and beautiful landscapes. Our firm specializes in the development public landscapes, in particular parks, schools, streets, sports facilities, and other community spaces.

Grand Opening: State Street Park

The heavy January rains stopped, the clouds cleared and a rainbow appeared as the construction fences came down on the morning of the great celebration. State Street Park, a linear park is made up of 5 half acre parcels that run for half a mile along Southern Avenue. This once rock stream vacant utility corridor is now a beautiful park with wonderful recreation amenities for the hundreds of families who are within walking distance of this open space.

The park’s development provided progress on several of the city’s priorities: Safe Routes to schools, Class One off street bike paths, and recreation areas in underserved pockets of the city. Ten funding sources were tapped to make this a no-local-tax-fund improvement. California State Proposition 84, the Mountain Conservancy, CalTrans, County Supervisor’s office and Congressman Reardon’s office all helped to provide funding for the park.

9200 State Street
South Gate, CA 90280

Grand Opening: Hogan Park, Lawndale

Hogan Park, in the City of Lawndale opened September 10th. DVD is proud to have been given the opportunity to partner with the City of Lawndale in creation of this park for its citizens to visit and enjoy. The city decided to close a public street to create space to provide land for this wonderful and unique neighborhood park. The community inspired design includes a variety of amenities for residents to enjoy including play lots and ample areas for people to rest and recreate.

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To the north is an open green area and to the east is a space for group picnics that include picnic tables, BBQ units, and shade structures. Play elements in the park include climbing rocks, ropes and a climbing tower. The main playground area includes music themed elements, including concrete benches with a piano key relief pattern and a musical note adorned play surface. The inspiration for the music theme came from a resident, historian and local musician who recounted the story of an old music shop that was a Lawndale landmark and was frequented by the Beach Boys.

4045 167th Street
Lawndale, CA

Community Matters

At DVD our main mission statement is “Designing landscapes that create community” and that’s something we stand behind 100%. An important ingredient that goes into our public landscape designs is listening to what the city and the community wants.

Attending your city and community meetings is important to relying to your city staff and for design companies like us to listen to what you want in your parks, streets, sports fields, schools and other public landscapes.

Public parks are not only social gathering places for residents of the community, but they can also offer up youth programs, after school activities, educational opportunities, sports programs, cultural unity and much more.

Read this article for a great sample of what the money California State puts into parks does for the greater community.

“Every time we improve a park, we improve our city,” – Mayor of Long Beach, Robert Garcia.

Water Efficient Landscapes

Landscapes are essential to the quality of life in California. At DVD, we ensure that our designs not only meet the bare minimum requirements for a public park, but that they make life better. One step towards doing this are creating designs, installations and maintenance that can and are water efficient.

It is no mystery that California faces a challenge of limited water supply. That is way at DVD we incorporate new methods and techniques in our landscape designs for efficient water use. Here are just a few methods we utilize to ensure your landscapes are conserving water:

  • Regular maintenance of irrigation systems
  • Education of residents and city staff regarding the importance of efficient water use
  • Preventing over spray, irrigation runoff and low head drainage
  • Water-efficient landscape designs using low water-use plants
  • Efficient irrigation systems

Our designers at DVD will work closely with your city in order to design a water wise landscape design. Reach out to us today to go over the many ways we can incorporate water efficiency to make the quality of life in your public landscapes better.

Coming Soon: El Cariso Park

The county of Los Angeles presents El Cariso Park, a beautiful 80-acre park that is the focal point for the surrounding community. Reopening this fall, the redesigned park will offer many amenities to meet all your recreational needs including: picnic areas, play areas, a fitness zone and tennis courts, a community swimming pool, a 15,000 square foot gymnasium and a community center that houses civic art, two electronic scoreboards, classrooms, a full kitchen, restrooms and staff offices.

Recreational activities are taken to a new level at El Cariso Park, now
more than ever with new upgrades and enhancements designed by us here at DVD.

DVD works withly skilled team of designers, landscape architects, and engineers to ensure quality enhancements and improvements of public parks. El Cariso Park is just one of many beautiful parks that DVD helps cities to embellish their creative talent and designs with.

Parks Make Life Better

Last month was “Parks Make Life Better” month but here at DVD we like to apply this motto into all the parks that we design and build all the time.

There are a number of ways our cities parks have made lives better and communities richer. Enhanced exercise equipment, fitness areas and running trails in parks encourage physical activity and health in our citizens. New and improved playground areas give kids a reason to get out of house and be more active. Quality picnic areas and shelters are easy hosts for many parties and gatherings. Art installations and displays spolights cultural significance and talent of a city. These are only a few ways parks make life better and enrich a whole community. How has your city’s parks made your life better?

The Case for Native Plants in the Landscape

Landscapes that incorporate native plantings promote a thriving local ecology.

Planting landscapes with native plants not only enhances and beatifies our parks but acts as an educational tool for visitors. These plants have been uniquely designed (a century long of evolving) for our gardens and encourage local habitat, such as friendly birds, fluttering butterflies, and beneficial insects. Pollinators attracted to them in the surrounding area can help produce a more abundant fruit tree and vegetable harvest. These landscapes link us to our wild native landscapes and help bridge the gap that development has created over time. The way in which we have maintained many of our public landscapes has had detrimental effects on local and distant environments. Contaminated runoff into our streams and oceans from pesticide and fertilizer use and overuse of finite resources such as water have major implications on our present lives and the ones of future generations.

Native Landscapes

When using the greatest adapted native plant community for an area (coastal sage scrub and bluff, chaparral, southern oak woodland, etc.), the maintenance, including watering, pruning and fertilizing is drastically reduced. In addition, designs which use plants with differing bloom cycles create a colorful and unique aesthetic look year-round. There is no guessing game about how to treat these plants. Give them what they have been designed to thrive on; native soil without additional fertilizers, minimal supplemental water after establishment, plenty of elbow room to grow, and once a year pruning. Even many varieties of native plants have been developed to be more tolerant of ‘garden settings’, where they may get maintained improperly. Enhancing the beauty of our public spaces, reducing detrimental environmental effects and saving money means native plants should be grown in every public and private space!

Grand Opening: Maryland Avenue Park, Glendale

Maryland Avenue Park, in the City of Glendale opened August 5th. DVD is proud to have been given the opportunity to partner with the City of Glendale in creation of this park for its citizens to visit and enjoy.  Glendale residents and visitors from all over and all ages can now enjoy a safe and attractive place to relax and enjoy the outdoor park amenities.

Maryland Ave Park

This grand space now features a developed park with natural turf grass plantings, pervious pavement, a small overhead structure, and 4,900 square feet of impervious pavement. Prominent new facilities include a welcoming entry gate, decorative columns, arches, paving, interactive puzzles and enhanced seat wall panels that provide the canvas to highlight the Tropico theme.

If you have an opportunity to visit this newly renovated center piece of the community, don’t miss the park-wide art pieces, the serene quiet spaces, the huge family picnic grounds and the many recreation venues of this wonderful facility.

812 S. Maryland Ave,
Glendale, CA

The Importance of Public Art in Our Parks

Incorporating art into public parks is a cultural aesthetic that we love taking advantage of. It’s not always fitting to every park, but in neighborhoods with rich history and culture, we find that a public display of art is like the cherry on top.

Incorporating art into your parks has many benefits. Not only can it give a chance for the local artists in your community to thrive and show off their talent, but it can also add gorgeous and colorful accents to the overall design as well as provide knowledge and education to visitors from all over. It can be a true and meaningful representation for what you want your community to mean to others.

La Quinta Roundabout

Public art can be fashioned of bronze, brick, wood, steel, or fabric; it can be a mural, a sculpture, a park bench or a banner. Talk to DVD today about how an art installation in your park and community centers can become thought-provoking cultural landmarks and provide a sense of community & cohesion.

DVD Stands Behind Sustainability

DVD is committed to creating public landscapes that create a community while remaining unique, beautiful, and importantly: sustainable.

Our affiliation with LEED, or the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, allows us to identify and quantify the sustainability of our designs. To DVD, Sustainable Public Landscapes means moving forward in the world of design landscape by responding to the pressing environmental land and cultural challenges and initiatives. These challenges and initiatives include an array of little changes that make a big difference in the long run. Low water use, low maintenance native plantings, and landscapes that are designed to be in balance with the local climate and environment while requiring minimal resource inputs are just a few examples of the sustainable efforts DVD puts into their projects in order to meet current trends and requirements.

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