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San Francisco’s First Bay-Friendly Rated Park, Designed by Carducci Associates / A Visit to the McLaren Rain Garden

Bay-Friendly Landscaping practices and design have been a consistent feature in Alameda County cities, and the movement championed by ReScape California is expanding state-wide. San Francisco Rec and Park adopted Bay-Friendly practices in 2014, and Carducci Associates is proud to announce that we were selected as Bay-Friendly designers for the team producing the first Bay-Friendly Rated SF Parks project!

McLaren Rain Garden is a series of terraces at the eastern edge of this large City park. The rain garden intercepts street and landscape water that formerly flooded city streets. Planting is 100% native, pollinator-friendly, and uses grey water harvested from within the park for irrigation. Abundant native flowering plants support the City’s new directive as a pollinator city.

Associate Principal Wesley Bexton designed the rain garden following the Bay-Friendly documentation process. Having participated in the requisite training, Carducci Associates has two additional Bay-Friendly Qualified Professionals (BFQPs), Senior Associate Alvin Tang and Associate George Chacon (bios here), with specific training in the unique regional aspects of landscape design, construction and maintenance in the Bay Area.

Panoramic Shot of McLaren Rain Garden, McLaren Park, San Francisco
Lighter and brighter plants used in the foreground contrast against the background's dark-leafed and evergreen trees.
Foreground: Diplacus aurantiacus (Sticky Monkey Flower). Background: Juncus patens (California Grey Rush) and Epilobium canum (California Fuchsia; the plant formerly known as Zauschneria californica).
Foreground: Salvia sonomensis (Creeping Sage). Background: Juncus patens (California Grey Rush) and Muhlenbergia rigens (Deer Grass).
Achillea millefolium (California Native Yarrow) and Salvia spathacea (Hummingbird Sage).

Press Release / Site Visit

Novato Council to Review Hill Road Recreation Plan

The suggested first phase of work includes four pickleball courts, expanded parking with a lot along Hill Road and a synthetic turf field with spectator seating. All components would be accessible to the disabled.

The plan also calls for a half-mile lighted path.

Additional project phases would include the installation of bocce courts, playground equipment, a second synthetic turf field and more parking.

All fields would be multi-use and open for soccer, lacrosse, baseball and other recreational activities, said Vincent Lattanzio, principal and president of Carducci and Associates, of San Francisco.

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With added synthetic turf, the proposal would reduce maintenance costs, officials said. It would also allow for recreational use of fields during winter months, when the city’s natural fields are typically closed to the public, [Novato Park and Recreation Director Pam] Shinault said.

“With synthetic turf, you expand use for three additional months in the winter,” she said. “You can use them when they’re raining. We close natural turf area for three months in the winter. We do that so the fields are not damaged in rain and the grass has a chance to rejuvenate.”

The full article, by Stephanie Weldy of the Marin Independent Journal, posted the article on March 26, 2017, here.

Press Release

Rosa Parks School Students Welcomed Back With New Play Yard

Nothing makes us happier than seeing kids show up for a new school year, and running with glee to Carducci Associates designed school yard improvements! Check out the new features at Rosa Parks School in Berkeley on school’s Facebook page, here. Associate Principal Wesley Bexton and Associate Karly Behncke (bios here) worked closely with a dedicated group of school staff, parents, and community members on this fast-paced project that incorporated a democratized, community committee and student data-driven design process, DSA submittal, approval, and construction, all in under nine months!

To quote the school principal:

“The Kids LOVE the new stuff, so do the parents and staff, WELL DONE and Thank you!”

Press Release

Community Workshop for Hill Recreation Area

A community design workshop for the Hill Recreation Area Master Plan was held on August 9th to give residents one last chance to provide input before the approval process begins. Many community members turned out to the see the master plans and listen to Vince Lattanzio discuss the design elements.

More about the workshop can be found at here.

Press Release / Community Meeting