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                Lynwood Opens Water-Efficient Neighborhood Park
                Yvonne Burke – John D. Ham Park debuts Saturday, September 12th

                08.31.2009 – (LYNWOOD, CA) The City of Lynwood celebrates the grand opening of
                Yvonne Burke – John D. Ham Park Saturday, September 12, 2009 from noon to 5                Twitter Pitc
                p.m. Designed by the sustainable park experts at LPA Inc., water quality is top priority   LA County's N
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                at the 10-acre park. Members of the Lynwood Sports Association, Block Watch,
                Recreation Commission, Public Works Department and City Manager’s office will
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                join Mayor Maria Santillan and Lynwood City Council members for the occasion.               Project Addr
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                Residents will enjoy both the passive and active sides of the park. On the active           Grand Open
                side, a baseball and soccer overlay, basketball court, tree-covered promenade, tot          12, 2009 fro
                lot and restroom building. On the passive side, picnic and open grass areas with            Water qualit

                berms –earthen mounds which add texture to an otherwise flat park and help form a           acre park.
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                storm water quality area. A walking/jogging path encircles the perimeter, with
                exercise stations along the route.
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                “This long awaited park is going to enrich the lives of so many kids and families,
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                especially in a neighborhood that has been neglected in the past,” comments                 For more inf
                Lynwood Mayor Maria Santillan. “There’s been so much interest in walking trails, art        Recreation
                and fitness activities from residents, and we believe this park provides just that          at jtrejo@lyn
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                At the beginning of the process, a community outreach program allowed citizens and
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                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        Release in P
                with water efficiency and sustainability at the forefront.
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                • Multiple opportunities for water to be treated, polished and percolate into the
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                groundwater before any excess is routed to the storm drain system.
                • 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.
                • Waterless urinals with dual plumbing, which uses reclaimed water for flushing of
                • 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.
                • As a result of the reclaimed water line extension, drinking fountains and hand sinks
                are the only components which use domestic potable water.
                • Use of internet/satellite-based smart controllers, which automatically adjust the
                amount of water used in response to changing weather conditions.

                Other Sustainable Strategies
                • Natural ventilation in restroom facility.
                • Use of local vendors to limit resources used during the shipment process.
o Backstops and athletic equipment from L.A. Steelcraft, Pasadena, Calif.
o Turf from West Coast Turf, Palm Desert, Calif.
o Softball infield from Gail Materials, Corona, Calif.
o 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

Project Address:
11832 Atlantic Avenue
Lynwood, CA 90262

About Lynwood
Lynwood is a 4.9-square-mile community within Los Angeles County, Calif. with a
current population of 73,212. Since Lynwood’s incorporation in 1921, it continues to
move forward on a path of progress. The City’s many accomplishments can be
attributed to its aggressive redevelopment program that has attracted new
businesses and industry alike.

About LPA Inc.
Founded in 1965, LPA has more than 230 employees with offices in Irvine,
Roseville, and San Diego, Calif. LPA provides services in architecture, planning,
interior design, engineering, landscape architecture, signage and graphics. They
have more LEED certified buildings than any firm in the state and of their employees,
more than 78 percent are LEED accredited professionals. With extensive experience
in public and private architecture, LPA designs a diversity of facilities that span from
corporate and civic establishments to K-12 schools, colleges and universities.


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About LPA Inc.
LPA provides services in architecture, planning, interior design, engineering,
landscape architecture, signage and graphics.
With more LEED-certified buildings than any other firm in the state, LPA houses the
top sustainable design experts in both Northern and Southern California.

With extensive experience in public and private architecture, LPA designs a diversity
of facilities that span from K-12 schools, colleges and universities, to civic and
corporate establishments.

Founded in 1965, LPA has more than 225 employees -- of which 70 percent are
LEED Accredited Professionals -- with offices in Irvine, Roseville and San Diego,

Contacting LPA Inc.
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Irvine, CA 92617
(949) 261-1001

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