Community Matters

At DVD our main mission statement is “Designing landscapes that create community” and that’s something we stand behind 100%. An important ingredient that goes into our public landscape designs is listening to what the city and the community wants.

Attending your city and community meetings is important to relying to your city staff and for design companies like us to listen to what you want in your parks, streets, sports fields, schools and other public landscapes.

Public parks are not only social gathering places for residents of the community, but they can also offer up youth programs, after school activities, educational opportunities, sports programs, cultural unity and much more.

Read this article for a great sample of what the money California State puts into parks does for the greater community, “Every time we improve a park, we improve our city,” – Mayor of Long Beach, Robert Garcia. http://www.oc-breeze.com/2014/08/24/57447_california-grants-long-beach-money-to-renovate-macarthur-park/

Water Efficient Landscapes

Landscapes are essential to the quality of life in California. At DVD, we ensure that our designs not only meet the bare minimum requirements for a public park, but that they make life better. One step towards doing this are creating designs, installations and maintenance that can and are water efficient.

It is no mystery that California faces a challenge of limited water supply. That is way at DVD we incorporate new methods and techniques in our landscape designs for efficient water use. Here are just a few methods we utilize to ensure your landscapes are conserving water:

  • Regular maintenance of irrigation systems
  • Education of residents and city staff regarding the importance of efficient water use
  • Preventing over spray, irrigation runoff and low head drainage
  • Water-efficient landscape designs using low water-use plants
  • Efficient irrigation systems

Our designers at DVD will work closely with your city in order to design a water wise landscape design. Reach out to us today to go over the many ways we can incorporate water efficiency to make the quality of life in your public landscapes better.

Grand Opening: Maryland Avenue Park, Glendale

Maryland Avenue Park, in the City of Glendale opened August 5th. DVD is proud to have been given the opportunity to partner with the City of Glendale in creation of this park for its citizens to visit and enjoy.  Glendale residents and visitors from all over and all ages can now enjoy a safe and attractive place to relax and enjoy the outdoor park amenities.

Maryland Ave Park

This grand space now features a developed park with natural turf grass plantings, pervious pavement, a small overhead structure, and 4,900 square feet of impervious pavement. Prominent new facilities include a welcoming entry gate, decorative columns, arches, paving, interactive puzzles and enhanced seat wall panels that provide the canvas to highlight the Tropico theme.

If you have an opportunity to visit this newly renovated center piece of the community, don’t miss the park-wide art pieces, the serene quiet spaces, the huge family picnic grounds and the many recreation venues of this wonderful facility.

812 S. Maryland Ave,
Glendale, CA

The Importance of Public Art in Our Parks

Incorporating art into public parks is a cultural aesthetic that we love taking advantage of. It’s not always fitting to every park, but in neighborhoods with rich history and culture, we find that a public display of art is like the cherry on top.

Incorporating art into your parks has many benefits. Not only can it give a chance for the local artists in your community to thrive and show off their talent, but it can also add gorgeous and colorful accents to the overall design as well as provide knowledge and education to visitors from all over. It can be a true and meaningful representation for what you want your community to mean to others.

La Quinta Roundabout

Public art can be fashioned of bronze, brick, wood, steel, or fabric; it can be a mural, a sculpture, a park bench or a banner. Talk to DVD today about how an art installation in your park and community centers can become thought-provoking cultural landmarks and provide a sense of community & cohesion.

DVD Stands Behind Sustainability

DVD is committed to creating public landscapes that create a community while remaining unique, beautiful, and importantly: sustainable.

Our affiliation with LEED, or the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, allows us to identify and quantify the sustainability of our designs. To DVD, Sustainable Public Landscapes means moving forward in the world of design landscape by responding to the pressing environmental land and cultural challenges and initiatives. These challenges and initiatives include an array of little changes that make a big difference in the long run. Low water use, low maintenance native plantings, and landscapes that are designed to be in balance with the local climate and environment while requiring minimal resource inputs are just a few examples of the sustainable efforts DVD puts into their projects in order to meet current trends and requirements.

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Respecting and Enjoying History

Los Rios Park – Located in the heart of San Juan Capistrano’s Los Rios Historic District, the 4.5 acre Los Rios Park and Montanez Adobe offers a centralized location for visitors to enjoy the park’s amenities as well as easy access to local restaurants and other businesses along Los Rios Street and it’s a short walk to downtown and Mission San Juan Capistrano. Continue reading Respecting and Enjoying History