Project Description

Tongva Park & Ken Genser Square

Tongva Park & Ken Genser Square is a bold, imaginative public park project driven by extensive stakeholder outreach and a strong bias for sustainable design. The Design-Build team transformed a vacant lot next to City Hall and the pier into “the heart of the City” – a unifying center of public respite and event areas. Named for the original LA basin inhabitants, Tongva Park features unique steel observation decks, gardens, public art, children’s play area, water features and a pedestrian footbridge. Unique design elements included a “terraforming” approach involving 80,000 CY of earthwork arranged to mimic the native arroyo environment with natural spaces sheltered from the park’s urban setting, as well as a building artfully bermed through a hillside. Other engineering challenges included dedication and extension of Olympic Avenue; abandonment, relocation and preservation of on-site power/sewer/domestic water; plus deployment of recycled water from a nearby urban runoff treatment plant. 360° communication and integration of community input was paramount and Fuscoe was instrumental in facilitating this feedback.

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Weather Field No.1 Sculpture at Tongva Park
Aerial of Tongva Park and Ken Genser Square
  • Tongva Park - Ocean view from park overlook
  • Ken Genser Square and City Hall
  • Tongva Park - Bermed Hillside
  • Main Street Makeover with Raised Safe Crosswalk
  • Tongva Park
  • Tongva Park Entry Signage
  • Playgrounf Equipment at Tongva Park

Project Details

Santa Monica, CA

James Corner Field Operations

Buro Happold

City of Santa Monica

Grand Opening in October 2013

2015 National Planning Achievement Award
American Planning Association

2015 Architizer A+ Award
Landscape & Planning, Public Park Jury Award

2014 Design Award
American Institute of Architects – Los Angeles

2014 Design Award
American Society of Landscape Architects – New York

2014 Landscape Architecture Award
Los Angeles Business Council Architectural Awards

2014 Design Excellence Award, Project of the Year
DBIA, Western Pacific Region

2014 Regional Award, Project of the Year
DBIA, Western Pacific Region

2014 Frontline Parks
City Parks Alliance

2014 Design & People’s Choice Award
Westside Urban Forum Design Award

2014 Award of Excellence in Urban Design
American Planning Association, Los Angeles

2014 Award of Excellence in Urban Design
American Planning Association, California

2014 Award of Excellence in Urban Design
American Public Works Association, Southern California

2013 National Design Award – Landscape Design
Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt

2013 BEST Project of the Year Award, Recreation & Athletic Facilities
APWA Southern California Chapter