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Tongva Park and Ken Genser Square // James Corner Field Operations

Santa Monica, CA, United States

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Situated on 7.4 acres between City Hall, the I-10 freeway, and Santa Monica’s iconic palm tree lined Ocean Avenue, Tongva Park and Ken Genser Square have transformed a derelict and flat parking lot into lush landscape of rolling hills, swales, Mediterranean meadow gardens, and active urban spaces.

Design and sustainability come together in this project to produce a new type of urban landscape that is active, innovative, resource-conscious and ecologically rich.

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© James Corner Field Operations

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Shaped by extensive public participation, the design redefines the center of Santa Monica, re-connects the city fabric, and features a dynamic topography of rolling hills, meadows and gardens.
The project’s sustainability is boldly evident not only in its ecology, use of water, energy, and materials; but also in its social vibrancy.

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© James Corner Field Operations

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Inspired by the Southern California arroyo landscape of washes and ravines that once defined the site, a series of braided pathways emerge from the footsteps of City Hall, extend west to Ocean Avenue and weave the park into the fabric of the City.
Water and architectural features, a rich material palette, and lush planting reinforce the site’s “arroyo wash” history and create an identity unique to Santa Monica.

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© James Corner Field Operations

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© James Corner Field Operations

Dramatic topography reinforces the fluid pathway system and organizes the site into four thematic areas:

– Garden Hill: display gardens and intimate alcoves,

– Discovery Hill: a play-space for children,

– Observation Hill: framed iconic views of the city and ocean,

– Gathering Hill: a large open space for the community to come together..

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© James Corner Field Operations

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