CCRC Project Scales Design Synthesis Proposed Green Network
Master of Landscape Architecture @ Cal Poly Pomona (2012-13)
Catalyzing Connectivity: Rediscovering Creeks in the East San Gabriel Valley (CCRC) is a conceptual vision plan for an interconnected green network to improve access, increase open space, promote environmental management, and support human wellbeing along the Walnut, San Jose, and Thompson creeks. Seventy-four miles of multimodal trails were proposed with 22 miles of overlap with existing infrastructure for a combined total of 158 miles planned for the study area. The completed regional links and design interventions were a combination of existing plans, inventories, analytical modeling, and the involvement of the communities, and stakeholders.
The plan took a holistic approach that examined the existing constraints and identified realistic solutions to complex problems. Through the integration of existing and proposed plans within the East San Gabriel Valley, the Catalyzing Connectivity vision plan created a green network that (1) maximized access to preferred destinations, (2) increased transportation efficiency, and (3) helped to facilitate future development. Where feasible, appropriate vegetation, bio swales, infiltration trenches, and other water runoff management programming were proposed by the CCRC vision plan. These strategies helped decrease air pollution, mitigate pollutants entering into the storm drain system, and decrease further contamination of the creeks and rivers in the region. Increased distribution of open spaces and carefully selected native vegetation will also aid in the support and connection of wildlife communities, and will help to maximize the biotic integrity and function of the open spaces in the urban core. The addition of open spaces in the East San Gabriel Valley will not only benefit the flora and fauna of the region, but will also benefit communities identified as "park poor" through increased access to outdoor recreational opportunities, and improved route access to services including healthy food options.
This project was a group effort completed at California Polytechnic University, Pomona for the Master of Landscape Architecture 606 Studio.
Group members include: Alex Fagnan, Johnathan Perisho, M. Michele Montano, and Yoo-Jung Yang
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