Location: Burbank, California
DEA provided project management, master planning, final design, landscape architecture, civil engineering, and construction management for this two-acre community park. The park design appeals to all ages and makes exceptional use of the small space by featuring playgrounds, a regulation-size basketball court, walking paths, covered picnic areas, open-play turf areas, and quiet spaces. The park also includes a 7,025-square-foot community center that houses programmed recreational activities.
The park entryway, signage, and fencing incorporate the work of a local artist. Protecting environmental resources and implementing sustainable practices were of utmost importance. The park plaza has decomposed granite paving that reduces heat and glare and allows water to drain into the soil. A bosque of trees in the courtyard and green screens throughout the park provide natural cooling. The planting design consists of drought tolerant plants that provide shade, screen, and color. The irrigation system uses recycled water and is controlled by a centralized system that monitors soil moisture levels, weather patterns, and system pressure loss for efficient water use.
2009, Achievement Award, CPRS