COMMUNITY INTEGRATION / PUBLIC SPACES / COMMUNITY CENTERS
Parks are key features of a city – they provide aesthetic, environmental, and recreational benefits to its communities along with economic value, as they help to increase home values and attract families. We find joy in designing beautiful and usable community spaces that help people get outside.
Boulevard Pocket Parks
Within Boulevard, Dublin’s new 89-acre residential village, are 15 themed pocket parks – 4 of which are built and open to the public. Each park is unique in their own capacity, catering to working professionals, empty nesters and young families who seek a variety of outdoor options for work and play.
Located at prominent corners to increase visibility, these parks help foster a sense of community and place. The Playground features a tot lot with seating for parents, while The Office’s open-air workspace comes equipped with outlets and wi-fi. The Lounge offers shaded seating for small group gatherings and a focal fireplace, while The Kitchen features a lawn area for active use and BBQ grills for outdoor cooking & dining. The most recently opened park, The Hangout, is an extension of your home, with shaded dining, a large lawn area and hammocks for relaxing.
Hap Magee Park
Hap Magee Ranch Park is a 16.3-acre community park which straddles the Alamo-Danville city limits. The Country Farmstead theme commemorates the Hap Magee family. A ranch entry and rural furnishings reinforce the character.
We prepared the master plan and construction documents, and conducted community workshops. We helped to design a ranch-style play and sprayground with custom equipment. Provided coordination with public agencies: Town of Danville, Contra Costa County, County Flood Control District, State Department of Fish and Game. All while focusing on special treatment of San Ramon Creek accommodating park activities while preserving the creek environment.
Built on a block-long site bordered by commercial buildings and live/work lofts, this 1-acre park offers its high density neighborhood a beautiful outdoor environment for play, relaxation and exercise. Gates held community workshops, using interactive graphics to elicit neighborhood input on park program and design, and finally to achieve consensus on a preferred plan.
Honored with the Award of Excellence from by the California Park and Recreation Society, the park includes educational and Bay-Friendly features, innovative play equipment, a restroom with a green roof, a multi-use lawn, picnic and seating areas, a half-basketball court and skate features. Fairs, festivals and other community events are hosted here.
The 50-acre city park serves the fast-growing neighborhoods of Dublin. Working with the steering committee, we created alternative plans for this park. The results from the process were incorporated into a master plan. We proceeded with Phase 1 construction documentation and administration which established a foundation for the future phases.
The completed park will include a community center, sports courts and fields, skateboard park, aquatics facility, custom playground and sprayground, and plazas for community events.