Gene Autry/Vista Chino Gateway Park
Location: Palm Springs, California
DEA provided landscape architecture and civil engineering design services for the parkways and median on Gene Autry Trail north of Vista Chino and the design of a new 1.7-acre passive park that serves as a new and vibrant gateway to the city. The city and the design team had several critical project goals. These included creating a passive park that serves the neighborhood and provides a dynamic and recognized landmark; developing a unique and creative Palm Springs Gateway; engaging in seamless communication and coordination with City staff, Caltrans, SCE, DWA and local, state, and federal agencies (TEA funding); and providing timeless design solutions that evoke identity and contribute to "place making."
The completed park achieved the goals: improving the quality of life for nearby residents and demonstrating stewardship of the natural environment, while creating an iconic landmark for visitors to Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley. The revitalization of this once vacant parcel of land into a unique oasis proved successful in both function and form. It improved drainage, increased property values, and increased safety, while discouraging negative activities such as vandalism, illegal dumping, and loitering. Most importantly, it provides residents with a place to enjoy the outdoors.