Heritage Island Park
City of Cerritos
2003 APWA Project of the Year
2002 CPRS Award of Merit
2003 APWA Park Renovation Award
Creating a special experience for both children and adults of all ages was the goal for the redevelopment of Heritage Island Park in Cerritos.
The DVD team embarked on an exciting master planning journey to design $2.4 million of enhancements for the park. Heritage Island has been in use for over 20 years and was in desperate need of refurbishment. Designed to depict the 1700’s era, the DVD team built upon the original Bostonian themed park, and designed new and exciting elements as well as the reconstruction of the lake which surrounds an interactive island. New water features include cannons on shore which result in a small water geyser erupting from the adjacent lake area as if one has fired a cannon, and a New England waterfall and waterwheel feature.
Designed to depict the 1700’s era, the DVD team built upon the original Bostonian themed park, and designed new and exciting elements as well as the reconstruction of the lake which surrounds an interactive island.
The play attractions include a new sunken ship which is located partly on the sand and partly in the water, an interpretive trail that has quotes strategically placed throughout the island containing excerpts from the poem “Paul Revere’s Ride” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and quotes to help provide an interpretive reference for the island setting and its elements. In addition, these elements add an educational aspect which transforms the island from merely a “playground” into an “experience” that one can enjoy and learn from time and again.
The new refurbished Village Square on the island with its well known replica of the North Church Steeple has been designed for access by the new cargo nets and rope climb or by walking the pedestrian pathways.
The reconstruction also includes new restrooms, ADA accessible trails and walkways, and increased emphasis on nautical themes. The trails and other elements are designed for maximum accessibility, improved durability, minimum maintenance, and reduced liability. Particular attention was given to the use of surface erosion controls to reduce runoff into the lake while ensuring the establishment of a viable botanical community on the island.