Named after former NBA star Earvin “Magic” Johnson in 1994 and known to be the largest park in the South. Angles, The 126-acre Magic Johnson Park was recently sustainably renovated. Some of the updates include a rainwater collection and recycling system as well as a new landscape design focusing on California’s native plants.
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The project is led by a collaboration between landscape architecture AHBE and Moore Iacofano Goltsman (MIG), a multidisciplinary company, based in Berkeley. “The inspiration behind this project is to turn a widely used community-based park into something more: an interactive and dynamic hub of learning, nature and participation. supported through environmentally sustainable design, ”said Gary Lai, Principal and Director, renewable design for AHBE | BIG. “We believe that the improvements to Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson Phase 1-A Park ensure its position as a world-class urban park for the community while serving as a role model. for sustainability and conservation for Los Angeles County. “
To be at the forefront of the project is an innovation Rainwater recycling system helps capture and divert the flow of rainwater. The fresh water is then treated by natural biofiltration land full of water inside the park. The park’s two lakes, which also feature a half-mile hiking trail with picnic areas, serve as water storage until it can be used for irrigation. Wetlands also benefit urban wildlife by providing habitat for local birds and insects.
The new landscape highlights native flora and includes coastal date palms and freshwater marshes. The park will also provide a new 20,000 square foot community event center, which is not yet open to the public. Additional features include indoor and outdoor social spaces and a children’s play area with a splashing board. A variety of viewing spots are complemented with outdoor “classes” and educational graphics to help visitors understand the natural environment of the park.
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