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
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.
4045 167th Street
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?
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.
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.
Los Rios Park – Located in the heart of San Juan Capistrano’s Los Rios Historic District, the 4.5 acre Los Rios Park and Montanez Adobe offers a centralized location for visitors to enjoy the park’s amenities as well as easy access to local restaurants and other businesses along Los Rios Street and it’s a short walk to downtown and Mission San Juan Capistrano. Continue reading Respecting and Enjoying History