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Park goers take in the view of the
stream between the two lakes.
design vision. The park's elements,
such as picnic areas, walking trails, a
community center building and play
area, were designed to be integrated
and interwoven with the experience
of the nature systems to inspire, foster
community, provide education,
and cultivate a healthy, sustainable
environment. Picnic areas are surrounded
within the landscape and
integrated into the lake, creating the
interaction between humans and
nature. Walking
trails
interweave
through native landscape and utilize
topography to create beautiful vistas
within the park, with the surrounding
mountains and city as the backdrop.
The park's design uses natural
materials, such as play mounds, reclaimed
logs, boulders, decomposed
granite and plants, to create outdoor
learning and play environments
where nature can inspire imaginative
play through curiosity.
Phase 1B
Just earlier this year, Phase 1B
opened to the public. This phase
included three-quarters of a mile of
walking trails, an off-leash dog park
(the first in South Los Angeles), educational
California native habitat
gardens, an informal natural amphitheater,
a one-quarter-mile fitness
loop with exercise equipment, and a
community flexible lawn space.
" As a parks and recreation professional,
it brings me joy to see the
community visiting the parks. With
the number of activities and amenities
at Earvin 'Magic' Johnson
Park, it has something for all ages, "
says Yamamoto.
" Although
the
[COVID-19] pandemic has limited
the full opening of the park, there
were still a variety of programs
and events scheduled. The park
has hosted special events, such as
Health Walk, Art Walk, Trick or
Trunk Halloween and Winter Holiday
Event, along with recreational
programs, such as Everybody Plays
(afterschool) and senior socials. We
look forward to developing more
youth and adult programs along
with
larger community
special
events and maximizing the use of
the park's amenities. "
The amenities of the park include:
* A 20,000-square-foot community
event center
* A half-mile lakeside community
loop trail with picnic areas
* Fitness equipment
* Scenic viewing points
* A children's play area with a
splash pad
* Outdoor classrooms and educational
interpretive graphics telling
the environmental story of
the park
* Community social spaces
* A lawn space for weddings
* More than a mile of new walking
trails
* The first off-leash dog park in
South Los Angeles
* Educational native habitat gardens
* An informal natural amphitheater
* A community flexible lawn space
The project closed out 2021 with
Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED) Gold certification
and six awards under its belt,
including the Honor Award from
the American Council of Engineering
Companies,
Sustainable Engineering
Project of the Year from the
American Society of Civil Engineers,
Award of Excellence from the American
Society of Landscape Architects
Southern California Chapter, the Architectural
Award for Civic from the
Los Angeles Business Council, the
Honor Award from Southern California
Development Forum, and Project
of the Year from the U.S. Green
Building Council - Los Angeles.
Wendy Chan is Senior Landscape Architect
at MIG (wchan@migcom.com).
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