The City of Elk Grove transformed a blighted one-acre site into an educational and recreational experience that mimics a natural approach to retain and cleanse urban stormwater runoff to protect the environment and promote future sustainable development practices. The Rain Garden Plaza project demonstrates the connection between a small urban space and innovative stormwater management practices through simple and cost-effective low impact development (LID) techniques to conserve water.
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The City of Whittier "Art in Public Places" program is designed to present the community with a variety of art work styles and themes, all of the highest possible quality. The intent of the art in public places program is to provide a collection of nationally recognized artwork throughout the city to be of public benefit.
This multi-day program is designed for young people ages 13 through 17 who are affiliated with community based organizations. The program enables teens to experience outdoor activities, camping, teambuilding, and leadership. They are empowered with the opportunity to develop life skills in order to organize and lead their own outdoor trips and projects for their peers and community.
Cesar Chavez Park, built on the site of a former landfill, offers a wide range of recreational opportunities in a marina setting with spectacular views of the three bay bridges, Alcatraz, and Angel Island, including the spectacular César Chávez Memorial Solar Calendar Project.
The city of Long Beach hosts the Beach Streets event to open streets up for walking, bicycling, and socializing by temporarily closing thoroughfares to automobile traffic. Also known as Open Streets events, projects such as these are now occurring around the world.
The Conejo Recreation and Park District strict works closely with other public agencies such as the City of Thousand Oaks and the Conejo Valley Unified School District, as well as a variety of organizations and businesses to provide comprehensive park, recreation, and leisure services. The Recreation Division conducts more than 3,000 organized recreation and leisure programs each year in addition to dozens of special community events.
The Elfin Forest Interpretive Center Honoring Susan J. Varty gives a voice to the Escondido Creek watershed, inspiring visitors to feel connected to nature, value open space and the creek, and join in conserving this precious North County resource through personal and community stewardship.
Pogo Park’s projects start with local residents developing common goals and shared visions for their public spaces based on their needs and priorities. Inspire locals to make neighborhood parks clean safe, and interesting. Instead of feeling like a public space has been designed and built for and by others, the people who use the parks know they created it themselves for their own community. Once a park becomes a reliable place to play, children use it and families feel a sense of ownership.
The new water-wise garden has been designed with water conservation in mind. The purpose of this garden is to educate our community about the beauty and water saving benefits of planting drought tolerant and native California plants. The Estudillo Heritage Park Water Conservation Education Garden was a cooperative effort of the City of San Jacinto Redevelopment Agency, Eastern Municipal Water District, and Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
Water, you see it all the time, running down the gutter from sprinklers that are set to run too long, from a clock that was programmed long ago. Or worse, sprinklers running during a rainstorm. It makes you wonder if anyone is watching. The city of Fontana installed a water GIS application to help visually identify which meters meet budget targets and which do not. This simple GIS application gives users a simple tool to aid in monitoring irrigation water application.
The Fremont Community Garden is a shared space for organic gardening in an urban environment, educational activities related to urban agriculture, and community building social activities. The Fremont Community Garden is part of the City Parks and Recreation program.
The Generations Center project created the new Lathrop Community Complex in the City of Lathrop through acquisition and development of 6.8 acres. Through community based planning and participation from residents construction of a new amphitheater/recreational use area, community complex building, public art courtyard, playground area, skate/BMX park, community garden, parkour course, walkways and parking lot were created for all to enjoy!
Hundreds of volunteers will be joining together for a day of community service as the Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD) presents JustServe Community Day of Service. The project helps protect natural resources and enhance the quality of life in the community to clean and beautify the landscape of our community’s creeks and parks. Individuals, families and service groups are welcome!
The City of Lafayette’s Parks, Trails and Recreation Department landscapes with California native plants to significantly reduce water consumption in their parks and at their Community Center. Seeds are collected by volunteers and staff throughout the year and re-planted in new areas creating stunning wildflower displays in the spring. In addition, partnerships are in place to teach children about the important relationships between native plants, insects and animals.
Through community wellness grant funding and community partnering sponsorships, the City contracts with local recreational instructors to implement activities, and purchase incentive materials for participants of all ages (e.g. free t-shirts, water bottles, exercise equipment, bikes, hats, healthy snacks, water, and etc.). It is a combination of community partnerships, city departments coordinating activities, and City elected officials that are key fact in producing this successful program.
Martin Ray Reilly Park’s success is rooted in their Community Based Planning. Residents were able to have their voices heard through many local meetings that included translators and “kid friendly” symbols to identify priorities. The community was eager to participate at every level, and was a part of the groundbreaking ceremony, including encouraging the children of the community to hold the golden shovels to represent all of the community involvement that led to this new park.
Mary’s Garden is an organic and artful combination of interactive sculptures and natural areas that celebrate, illustrate and educate visitors about our precious natural resources and the need to conserve and protect them for future generations to come. Voted #1 by the Landscape Architects Network as a top 10 children's learning and recreation project around the globe.
Ocotillo Park in the City of Cathedral City is a new park that was designed with a number of sustainable, environmental features. The drought tolerant native landscaping, as well as extensive solar lighting, are just a few of the innovative ideas that the City utilized for their Desert park.
With an integrated approach to help maintain the long-term health and preservation of Mount Tamalpais, the Tamalpais Lands Collaborative has launched OneTam, an initiative to raise awareness and build community support around efforts to care for the mountain's treasured resources.
The Ontario Civic Center Conservation Garden is located adjacent to City Hall. This beautiful park provides visitors with an opportunity to learn about conservation in a picturesque setting.
The California State Parks Foundation’s Park Champions Program completes volunteer projects year-round in parks across California. In partnership with the Department of Parks and Recreation, Park Champions provide consistent, sustainable volunteer support in the areas of park maintenance and beautification.
This special event summer series had local community-based agencies, municipalities, public safety and law enforcement, as well as grass root organizations come together to share their expertise at a crime-ridden park; San Ysidro Park. It was a true collaborative effort. Event participants received knowledge, education and resources, public safety contacts, as well as information about public park amenities, benefits and programs.
This project is a partnership between The Trust for Public Land and the City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks for much needed outdoor open space to the heavily dense neighborhood of Echo Park. This park features a playground, fitness equipment, small picnic area, and a community garden.
The mission of the SLO Skate Park is to provide recreational opportunities at a high-quality, safe skate park for the public of all ages to enjoy and for the community to celebrate.
The Cosumnes Services District (CSD) has provided programs and services to Elk Grove and Galt residents for over 30 years. Parks and Recreation Department is dedicated to making lives better in Elk Grove, California. We strive to achieve our vision by designing and maintaining nearly 100 parks and facilities that meet current and future needs; offering recreational programs that promote health, fun and lifelong learning.
The Bowtie Project is a partnership between Clockshop and California State Parks to activate an 18-acre post-industrial lot known as the Bowtie, located along the LA River in Northeast Los Angeles. Since 2014, Clockshop has executed over 30 artist projects, performances, and events at the Bowtie, bringing significant numbers of new people to experience this overlooked piece of urban land.
The Trust for Public Land is transforming an 1.5 acre vacant lot into a new park in the City of Lawndale. Through Community Based Planning, residents were able to help design this park to meet their needs and be a part of what is happening in their community.
This is the first park of its kind along the Tujunga Wash flood control channel. The one mile segment of the once-natural Tujunga Wash includes walking paths, beautiful native landscaping, comfortable benches, interpretive displays, a meandering stream, views of the Santa Monica Mountains, and a shaded picnic area. This recreational and ecological amenity can be replicated in neighborhoods throughout the 500 miles of open flood control channels in the County of Los Angeles.
With over $3.6 million, this project created the new Arcade Creek Park Preserve Development in Citrus Heights! Construction included new playground area, covered group picnic area, par course, multi-use trail, pathways, entry monument, kiosk, interpretive signage, parking lot and landscaping.
El Dorado Park is an exciting example of the community collaborating with local organizations and agencies to create and sustain a green space in an impoverished neighborhood with high crime. With a lot of collaboration and community attitude to visualize what was possible, the City’s park department coordinated with the Boys & Girls Club of Fresno County, a local church, PG&E, two private foundations, and KaBoom! Playground Equipment to create the new home of a Boys & Girls Club in 2011.
"The Trust for Public Land works to protect the places people care about and to create close-to-home parks—particularly in and near cities, where 80 percent of Americans live. Our goal is to ensure that every child has easy access to a safe place to play in nature." (The Trust for Public Land) Partnering with various organizations, the Trust for Public Land is repurposing several neighborhood alleys into vibrant outdoor areas.
San Ramon’s Parks and Community Services and Public Services Departments unique program brings together the strength of each. The events achieve multiple goals: Volunteer opportunities to make a difference in local parks and new parks they may not otherwise visit; Requires expertise and support from two city departments with unique strengths and talents; Provides an active activity that is good exercise; and, Helps residents learn new maintenance techniques that may be useful at their homes.