Virginia
Avenue
Park
SITE IMPROVEMENTS
SITE IMPROVEMENTS
SITE IMPROVEMENTS
SITE IMPROVEMENTS
THE PATIO
THE PATIO
DRAWINGS
THE PARK CENTER
THE PARK CENTER
THE PARK CENTER
The revitalization and expansion of Virginia Avenue Park
uses a campus approach to weave together facilities
for a variety of users including teens, seniors, and families.
Developed through an interactive process, the park is now
a vibrant destination for an invested and diverse community.

Community process was paramount to this project and included city staff and community leadership as well as many neighborhood youth. The collaboration resulted in a strategy that re-connects neighborhoods and establishes easy informality. Renovated warehouses and a refreshed 1960s community building introduce progressive ideas about form and ornament while providing spaces for children, teens, families, and seniors. On weekends a tree canopied plaza becomes a venue for a regular Saturday farmers market as well as community events and will soon house the Pico Branch Library. The project’s groundbreaking approach to onsite water management contributed to making it the first LEED certified, and first LEED Silver, park in the country.

STATUS
COMPLETED 2005, LEED SILVER

LOCATION
SANTA MONICA, CA

CLIENT
CITY OF SANTA MONICA

PROGRAM
9 ACRE PARK, 25,000 SF IMPROVEMENTS
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
2007 LA BUISNESS COUNCIL ARCHITECTURAL AWARD, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
2007 WESTSIDE PRIZE URBAN SOLUTIONS/BUILT, WESTSIDE URBAN FORUM
2006 MUNICIPAL AWARD OF MERIT, US GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL