With a sneak peek into the eagerly awaited ‘Railway to the Sea’
4thDecember 2013 – Santa Monica recently celebrated the opening of its two new Civic Centre Parks, encompassing 7 ocean-view acres in the heart of Santa Monica. The new public space boasts rolling hills and verdant lawns, picnic tables, winding walkways and soaring observation decks that offer beautiful views of the ocean, pier and the coastline.
Designed by James Corner Field Operations, the team behind New York’s celebrated High Line, Tongva Park was inspired by the Southern California arroyo landscape of washes and ravines that once defined the site. The urban landscape features an abundant and ambitious planting scheme, contemplative walking paths, soothing water elements, and two viewing platforms offering majestic views of the Pacific Ocean. The park also includes a delightful play area, picnic tables, and a performance lawn for community events. The name honors the indigenous Tongva people who lived in the Los Angeles area for thousands of year. Completing the arroyo theme, the two parks are linked by mesmerizing water elements that start as a single runnel flowing west from City Hall and dramatically increase in presence and volume as you move closer toward the ocean.
Notable features of the new park include:
Each of the three water features within Tongva Park and Ken Genser Square share a strong connection to the site’s historic “arroyo wash” landscape and are carefully integrated into park topography. Connected by a single runnel, the features expand in scale, activity level, and sound as they flow downhill toward the ocean. The features also reinforce sustainability by making use of biological filtration and closed potable water systems.
Railway to the Sea
With a friendly connection to Tongva Park from 4th and Colorado, visitors will soon have the option to jump aboard the new Expo Line, the first mass transit line connecting Downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica. Expected to be complete in 2016, this new transit line will redefine public transportation in Los Angeles and greatly improve mobility for the Santa Monica visitor.
|Notes for Editors: About Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau
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