Balboa Boulevard


Newport Beach, California


City of Newport Beach




2015 Community Enhancement Project of the Year, American Society of Civil Engineers

As residents and thousands of visitors pull off Pacific Coast Highway and head toward the iconic peninsula, the wide roadway of Balboa Boulevard has blossomed into an inviting green promenade. The David Volz Design team worked with city leaders and a citizen’s advisory committee to re-imagine the unattractive jumble of residential and commercial buildings that loomed over this “sea” of mostly concrete and asphalt.This street enhancement program, a two-mile stretch of street, was focused on an aggressive landscape planting scheme that would transform the aesthetically challenged street into a beautiful and pedestrian-friendly promenade. Three million dollars of street redesign, median installations and red curb area tree planting pop-outs were all built with a minimum of traffic flow disruption. The utilities and irrigation infrastructure relied on horizontal drilling under the many driveways and alley ways along the street.