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.
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South Gate, CA 90280
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.
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.
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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.