Virginia Avenue Park
The revitalization and expansion of Virginia Avenue Park weaves together facilities for a variety of users, including teens, seniors, and families. Developed through an interactive process, the park is now a vibrant destination that re-connects neighborhoods and establishes easy informality.
Renovated warehouses, a refreshed 1960s community center, and new buildings anchor the park. Facilities include art rooms, movement spaces, a computer lab, basketball courts, play equipment, and an interactive fountain outside. Ten years after completion, the firm revisited the park to add the Pico Branch Library.
On weekends a tree canopied plaza becomes a venue for a regular Saturday farmers market as well as community events.
The project’s groundbreaking approach to onsite water management contributed to making it the first LEED Silver, and first LEED Certified, park in the country.
Completed 2005, LEED Silver
Santa Monica, California
City of Santa Monica
9 Acre Park, 25,000 SF Improvements
AWARDS + RECOGNITION
2007 LA Business Council Architectural Award, Landscape Architecture
2007 Westside Prize Urban Solutions/Built, Westside Urban Forum
2006 Municipal Award of Merit, US Green Building Council