THE NEW HOUGHTON PARK
THE NEW HOUGHTON PARK : KICK OFF EVENT
Houghton Park is one of the few green spaces left in North Long Beach. The city is dedicated not only to preserving it but ensuring that Houghton Park is well positioned for improvements when funding and grant opportunities arise. Long Beach believes it is important to assist its community members in the planning and design of environments that enhance the quality of life for all. We believe quality design is the physical expression of fundamentally sound ideas, infused with imagination and Creativity of local residents and experts in the field.
The re-design of Houghton Park and the community facilities that will ultimately fit within the environmental context of the site is a specialty of the design team selected for developing the Master Plan. The new master plan has evolved from a careful evaluation of existing site character, site accessibility, program needs, resource conservation, sustainability, budget, maintenance practices, and safety.
The city’s goal in developing the new master plan is to ensure the development of community facilities that contribute to a cohesive sense of place and become a source of pride in the community of north Long Beach.
The new Houghton Park promises to be the recreational center for North Village.
When developing a park master plan there is no greater experience and understanding of a space than that of the community’s. Developing a unified vision for the Houghton Park Master Plan was accomplished through the combination of the collective talents and information available from the city staff, key stakeholders, community members’ and the expertise and enthusiasm of the design team. The result is a new Houghton Park Master Plan that continues its historical intent of being a true community inspired space.
Where to put the new center? Plenty of planning and thinking has gone into that important question. One of the first things taken into account is how to preserve the timeless character of the park and the trees that give it its unique personality. Among the other important site considerations will be how to maintain as many community center activities as possible in the current facility during the construction of the new center. Ultimately, the site configuration will take into consideration natural light, traffic patterns and a host of other items all contributing to the success of the project.
OPPORTUNITIES AND CONSTRAINTS
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