Mayors' Discovery Park

La Cañada Flintridge, CA

The transformation of an unused Caltrans parking lot surrounded by freeway on ramps, major traffic arteries and parking lots into a quiet neighborhood park with unique design elements echoing its origins and surrounding land use. Play features including a large sand play area with a buried model of the adjacent freeway interchange ready for discovery and a boat floating channel fountain lined with handmade ceramics by local artists, picnic areas under arbors, lawn berms, and an entry gateway collage of wheels from a large assortment of vehicles all designed with a transportation theme.