Design: Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Space
Royston Hanamoto Alley & Abey (RHAA)
Principal in Charge: Barbara Lundburg
Project Manager: Cara Ruppert
Resource Principal: James Ingels
Client: City of Malibu
Legacy Park, in the heart of downtown Malibu, is a once-vacant lot turned 15-acre “smart park.” Gracefully combining an innovative stormwater treatment process with a community park, environmental education classroom and habitat restoration program, Legacy Park sets a powerful precedent of environmental stewardship while providing a beautiful sanctuary for its citizens and visitors.
The park educates its visitors through traditional and innovative design techniques: giant mosaic sculptures of native animals compose a children’s play area, informal outdoor classrooms are sited directly across from the city’s public library, and walking paths are lined with signs describing the native plants and water treatment system. The park stewardship program was envisioned to engage local schools and universities to study and maintain the natural park processes, teaching an environmental ethic to local students.