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Model Offers Glimpse at Civic Center Park Design

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, March 12, 2009, at 11:26AM
Civic Center Park Model Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Designed by Rios Clementi Hale Studios; to be built using funds from the Grand Avene Project.

While out enjoying tonight's Downtown Art Walk, gallery-goers should take a moment to stop into The Exchange at 114 W. 5th and peruse Rios Clementi Hale's new design for the Civic Center park, slated to begin construction next year. On-hand are large models of the existing park and the new design, a refinement from what was presented to the community last year.

Reviews and articles are appearing online today:

— Curbed attended last night's DLANC Parks meeting and gives a rundown on changes since the last presentation.

— In the LA Times, Cara DiMassa writes about the basics of the new design.

— Also in the Times, architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne says the design has an identity crisis, not sure whether to provide a blank canvas for future additions or to build out a flashy final design today.

More important than what the Times thinks, though, is what Downtowners think of the renovated space. Planners hope to see the site become a gathering place, despite its location in the midst of government office buildings. So what do you think Downtown? Is this someplace you'd look to gather?


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