Category Archives: Facility Design

A Metropolitan Mecca

Vista Hermosa Natural Park–whose name in Spanish means “beautiful view”–has created a new model of park design in downtown Los Angeles. Located at the edge of a dense residential zone, the 9.5-acre park is nature’s reprieve from the intensity of urban life. Los Angeles is one of the most park-poor cities in America, with fewer acres of parkland per 1,000 residents than other major cities in the country. According to the Trust for Public Land, the national average for park … Continue reading

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Facility Planning

Located west of Des Moines, Iowa, Waukee is a rapidly growing suburban community of approximately 11,000 residents. The city’s population is expected to swell to nearly 13,000 by 2010. This population explosion, as well as an increased interest from residents to participate in outdoor activities, has established an urgent need for the city to plan for future available recreation opportunities to maintain a premier level of service within the community. Several years ago, the city was able to secure an … Continue reading

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Prevailing In Spite Of Nature

Located in the city of Gulf Shores on the coast of Alabama, Gulf State Park consists of 6,150 acres of pristine parkland. Nowhere else in the United States can one find fresh water (Lake Shelby) so near the salt water of the Gulf of Mexico. These unusual conditions help create one of the country’s most unique state parks. The park is a natural gem featuring two miles of sugarwhite beaches, maritime forests and a habitat where animal and bird species … Continue reading

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The Crown Jewel

Collecting awards is easy for the Village of Woodbury, a new residential community in Irvine, Calif., designed and developed by the Irvine Community Development Company. Voted “Best Master-Planned Community of the Year” in 2006 by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), it is one of four major awards for the village. One of the NAHB judges remarked it was “refreshing to find a community where asphalt isn’t the main amenity; where residents are only five minutes maximum from a … Continue reading

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The Tyner Nature Center

With environmental concern now a mainstream issue, community and park district leaders have become even more diligent, creative guardians of their natural resources, especially those in densely populated cities and suburbs. Many are building nature centers, primarily to help residents and visitors better appreciate and enjoy their natural surroundings. Some, however, are doing much more: designing these centers to demonstrate responsible environmental practices. In 2000, officials from Glenview, Ill., began planning for such a center on 32 acres of native … Continue reading

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