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Lynwood Opens Water-Efficient Neighborhood Park

Yvonne Burke - John D. Ham Park debuts Saturday, September 12

 The City of Lynwood celebrates the grand opening of Yvonne Burke - John D. Ham Park Saturday, September 12 from noon to 5 p.m. Designed by the sustainable park experts at LPA Inc., water quality is top priority at the 10-acre park. Members of the Lynwood Sports Association, Block Watch, Recreation Commission, Public Works Department and City Manager's office will join Mayor Maria Santillan and Lynwood City Council members for the occasion.

Residents will enjoy both the passive and active sides of the park. On the active side, a baseball and soccer overlay, basketball court, tree-covered promenade, tot lot and restroom building. On the passive side, picnic and open grass areas with berms -earthen mounds which add texture to an otherwise flat park and help form a storm water quality area. A walking/jogging path encircles the perimeter, with exercise stations along the route.

"This long awaited park is going to enrich the lives of so many kids and families, especially in a neighborhood that has been neglected in the past," comments Lynwood Mayor Maria Santillan. "There's been so much interest in walking trails, art and fitness activities from residents, and we believe this park provides just that space."

At the beginning of the process, a community outreach program allowed citizens and stake holders to walk the site and define top priorities for the park. After combining those goals with what was important to the city, the design team crafted a solution with water efficiency and sustainability at the forefront.

Water Efficient Strategies

Â¥Multiple opportunities for water to be treated, polished and percolate into the groundwater before any excess is routed to the storm drain system.

Â¥Permeable pavers which treat initial runoff and percolate into the sandy subgrade. Excess water is routed to the passive park which doubles as a natural bioswale.

Â¥Waterless urinals with dual plumbing, which uses reclaimed water for flushing of toilets.

Â¥Extension of a reclaimed water line to the site to provide for 100 percent of the park's irrigation needs; in order to execute this feat, cooperation was needed from the city, LPA and the local water district.

Â¥As a result of the reclaimed water line extension, drinking fountains and hand sinks are the only components which use domestic potable water.

Â¥Use of internet/satellite-based smart controllers, which automatically adjust the amount of water used in response to changing weather conditions.

Other Sustainable Strategies

Â¥Natural ventilation in restroom facility.

Â¥Use of local vendors to limit resources used during the shipment process.

Â¥ Backstops and athletic equipment from L.A. Steelcraft, Pasadena, Calif.

Â¥ Turf from West Coast Turf, Palm Desert, Calif.

Â¥ Softball infield from Gail Materials, Corona, Calif.

Â¥ Block for restroom building from Orco Block Co., Stanton, Calif.

"The city was interested in sustainability, and LPA was able to help them achieve their goals and even take them a step further," adds Landscape Architect Arash Izadi. "The entire park incorporates sustainable design features, which meet LEED standards, and the second phase is registered with the U.S. Green Building Council." At present, the city seeks avenues of funding to begin construction on the second phase.

A result of the city's Art in Public Places Program (2006), a bronze sculpture entitled "Children on a Slide," is set for installment in November. The sculpture belongs to the Randolph Rose Collection.

Burke-Ham Park replaces the previous Ham Park that was located at the site where Firebaugh High School now resides. The new location was selected to brighten a neglected area -typified by rundown motels and retail stores-- and bring recreational opportunities to an underserved section of the community. "Our residents are excited and we can't wait to see the kids playing on the fields and parents enjoying the many recreational opportunities the park offers," finishes Santillan.

For more information, about the Burke-Ham Park Grand Opening, call the City of Lynwood at (310) 603-0220 Ext. 319 or visit www.lynwood.ca.us.

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