Category Archives: Public 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

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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