Landscaping

Design Proposal approved at the 3rd Community Review meeting May. 28, 2013 (image: Miller Company Landscape Architects)

Above is the design plan developed by Miller Company Landscape Architects from the 3rd and final Kezar Triangle community design review meeting.  It reflects the improvements suggested from the previous meetings as well as many other subtle changes designed to facilitate maintenance and restoration of the site and to serve the widest range of uses. It was subsequently reviewed again by track and field coaches, and approved by the Rec and Park Commission. Throughout, the public has been very encouraging and supportive.  Thanks for all your input!

Based on this plan, here are the current design specifications used for the construction: Planting details and landscaping plan.(large file)

Here are some before and after images to highlight the improvements made to the site.

MAIN FEATURES

Irrigation:  Visible during construction but otherwise hidden from view underground afterwards, are some major irrigation improvements throughout the Triangle.  New sprinkler heads and efficient control systems were installed to help with long term water use efficiency and ease of maintenance to support the new plantings and future landscaping.

Paths: Thanks to ideas that emerged through community feedback, the previous dirt paths cutting through the center were closed off, the grass cover restored and strengthened to better resist pedestrian and bicycle traffic and new paths (to the Eastern side) were developed to redirect the flow of pedestrian traffic.  The new path surface is composed of stabilized decomposed granite and is approximately 6′ wide (we included a bit of variation for visual interest and to suggest a more organic flow) to accommodate two people walking side by side and comply with ADA standards. While some people may continue to walk straight through the main field, the new paths accommodate strollers and bicycles and should ease the impact of pedestrian traffic and potential erosion through the site.  Plantings and temporary art projects along the way provide points of interest and informal gathering spaces safely out of reach of seasonal discus activity.

Entries:  The entry areas were graded and strengthened against traffic using stone and stabilized decomposed granite lined with plantings and erosion control landscaping features were added. The North entry includes an additional crosswalk closer to the end of Arguello to allow pedestrians to cross the street directly without having to hop from traffic island to traffic island.  Both crosswalks are accessible from the North entry area to the Kezar Triangle.

The other Southeastern entry was regraded to meet ADA standards at the current location near the Southeastern end off of Arguello near the current native plant garden.

Trees:  More native trees were and will be planted, principally Coast Live Oaks and California Buckeye.  For full species list see link above.

Native Plants:  An aesthetic native plant palette was selected to emphasize colorful and textural areas planted along the periphery of the triangle.  No mow zones were formed around the new trees to facilitate maintenance and create zones where additional native or volunteer plants could emerge on their own, creating safe habitat for native butterflies and insects. Additionally, some plants were chosen for their use as potential natural art materials or traditional dyes for potential use by artists working in those mediums.

Plot to Grow Art:  On the Eastern side a circular filed approx 25′ in diameter is a space for temporary nature-based art projects as indicated by the circular area on the map.  This low fenced zone along the East side of the Kezar Triangle provides an area for seasonal agricultural art plantings and temporary projects (such as food, natural dyes and other activities) using whatever is harvested.  Proposals for this space are periodically reviewed by the Kezar Triangle Arts Coalition.

 

 

One Response to 'Landscaping'

  1. Allison says:

    I love the plans to revitalize Kezar Triangle. I eat dinner every day looking out over the park from my apartment.
    One thought: could we have a picnic table or two?

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