The 2.35-acre Ishihara (formerly Expo Buffer Park), previously a parking lot with two large industrial buildings, is located on the north side of Exposition Boulevard between Stewart Street and Dorchester Avenue. The park is adjacent to the recently completed Expo Maintenance Facility. Designed by local landscape architect Mia Lehrer + Associates, the park includes eight garden “rooms” that offer a variety of spaces: The Grove, a dense tree area; The Watershed Garden, which collects and treats site stormwater runoff; The Bird Garden, an open space for sports and picnics that welcome bird species; The Meadow, a gathering and activities area; The Community Pavilions, with two pavilions and a plaza for neighborhood gatherings; The Rock Garden, a children’s play area with natural elements; The Learning Garden, with fruit trees and an enclosed raised garden area; and The Forest, which anchors the park on the eastern edge with mature Ficus trees. Drought tolerant plants, shrubs, grasses and native trees were incorporated throughout the park.
The Fuscoe team provided civil engineering, survey/mapping and stormwater management services, including site investigation, schematic design, design development, construction documents and construction bidding/support. The intricate site design included:
- Design Survey
- Site grading/drainage plan, wet utility plan and erosion control plan
- SMURRF – Best Management Practices (BMPs), including infiltration “sinks”
- Street improvement plans
Santa Monica, CA
Mia Lehrer & Associates for City of Santa Monica