NORTH BEACH PARK

A UNIVERSALLY ACCESSIBLE PLAYGROUND, SANTA MONICA, CA

North Beach is a new sea-side park for the city of Santa Monica. Located on an acre parcel at the base of the bluff located between the Pacific Coast Highway to the North and the sandy Santa Monica State Beach to the south. Natural landforms allow for various experiences within the park. The elevated earthworks are inspired by the sea, the undulating landscape is reminiscent of the forgotten sand dunes that once occupied the site.

Location

Santa Monica, CA

Program

Public Park

Size

1 Acre

Status

Completed 2018

Client

City of Santa Monica

Collaborators

Ahbe Landscape

Sean Kim, Structural

Gaspor Obardo, Civil

Recreation Republic, Equipment

Disinctions:

American Architecture Award

APWA BEST Award

Nomination, Interior Design Best of Year Award

Published, The Architect's Newspaper

The universally accessible designed park is both fun and educational for children and adults of all abilities. Traditional barriers are removed that may hold back children with physical, cognitive, vision or hearing disabilities from the rest of the group.

The playground areas are highlighted by barrier-free equipment. These structures allow for increased maneuvering space and are complimented by accessible surfaces and paths. Areas are designated for younger children (2-5), older children (6-12) and adults. A sensory garden provides opportunities and equipment for kids to learn through touch and imaginative play.

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