Triumph of Imaginative Design
We are proud to share that Palm Springs Downtown Park has been awarded the ASLA Award of Excellence. Landscape Architecture’s highest honor, this award celebrates design excellence, sustainability, climate adaptation, resiliency, and design value for our client and the community.
Palm Springs Downtown Park is a responsive recreation destination for the Palm Springs community that highlights the spirit of place with moments of surprise and delight inspired by the region’s dynamic geology, native vegetation, and rich history.
The urban oasis is imaginative of its future contexts, providing an open public space envisioned as a central arts and culture hub for residents and visitors to gather in the city’s downtown area with walkability to dining, attractions, and Old Las Palmas.
Quality of Design
The park provides a common ground rooted to its place. We used locally sourced stone and native desert plantings to curate a color palette for park elements, drawing on the warm tones of the surrounding geology, vibrant greens and yellows of native vegetation, and the spectacular blooms of desert flowers.
The park is designed to be enjoyed year-round, even during the hottest desert days. The densely planted Palm Grove offers shade, while the cooling mist from the water feature provides areas for play and respite. Read more in The Architect’s Newspaper.
Congratulations to our team and collaborators!
Client: City of Palm Springs
Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Signage and Wayfinding: RIOS
General Contractor: Fast-Track Construction
Water Feature Design and Engineering: Fluidity Design Consultants
Concrete Consultant: Shaw & Sons
Precast Concrete Consultant: QCP
Civil Engineer: MSA
Structural Engineer: PKA
MEP Engineer and Lighting Design: MRC
Irrigation Consultant: Sweeney & Associates
Security & Technology Consultant: Guidepost Solutions
Cost Estimating: MGAC
Café Chairs and Table Line: Civic Line by Janus et Cie
Bike Rack: Bola by Landscape Forms
Outdoor Pedestal Water Fountain: Elkay
Irrigation System: Rainbird
Integral Colored Concrete: Shaw & Sons
Victorian Blend Brick Pavers: Belgard
Decomposed Granite, Crushed Stone, Site Boulders: Whitewater Rock & Supply
Landscape Lighting and Post Lights: Bradley Lighting