Grand Avenue Green
Submitted by Jenny Capone, Arlene Fetizanan, Madolyn Jones, Maria Spinozzi, Chaomin Yang & Lila Youn
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Creating a Model: Grand Avenue Green
Los Angeles faces serious environmental and sustainability issues. Responsible for educating our community about these issues and the long-term effects of current practices, the city can use this urban park to inform citizens of their ability to make better decisions for the environment. Grand Avenue Green serves as a model for water conservation, green design and renewable energy. The people of Los Angeles can begin to learn not only why but how they can take action and play a part in sustaining a greener L.A. for future generations.
By closing Hill Street and creating more gradual terrain changes, visual and physical continuity define the park.
Angelenos may take any of the trails, the wheelchair-accessible escalator or the elevated pier through the park.
A children?s playground is available for families to participate in and learn from; recycled art is placed throughout the park for inspiration in promoting a more sustainable Los Angeles.
A solar panel powered escalator provides accessibility to elderly pedestrians and wheelchair users.
Activity spots are encouraged near amenities such as the metro, pier and amphitheater via outdoor cafés, vendors and seating areas.
The Plaza is established for cultural and community interactions and programming.
Sustainable Materials Practices
In an effort to promote sustainable landscaping, the park will incorporate ecoturf, designed to be more environmentally friendly, needing less maintenance than conventional lawn. Once established, it needs little summer water and generally no supplemental fertilizer.
The educational engagement component of Grand Avenue Green is interactive and consistent throughout the park. Educational attractions include a recycling center where families can drop off recyclables and learn how the materials are recycled.
An ecosystem learning center will work to educate visitors to Grand Avenue Green about alternate energy, alternate fuel and creating a sustainable city. All of these educational engagement components of the park have the power to change the lives and educate the minds of Angelenos.