Location: Coachella, California
Michael Baker International provided a comprehensive Park Master Plan for a 29-acre undeveloped park site and final construction drawings to implement the first phase for 15-acres of the park. Rancho Las Flores Park was designed to be unique to the City of Coachella and was influenced by the agricultural history of the region. The park features many sustainable design elements, such as permeable pavers, low water use plant material, drip irrigation, rock mulches instead of groundcover plants, LED lighting, and site furnishings that used 80 percent recycled materials. The park was designed to appeal to as many of the recreational needs of the community as possible. Creating new soccer fields was the priority, but amenities included new baseball fields, a football field, an amphitheater, a playground, a splash pad water play area, basketball courts, a sand volleyball court, a walking trail, exercise stations, group picnic areas with BBQs, drinking fountains, rest room/concession buildings, and a new community center. Michael Baker provided the majority of the design services to prepare the Master Plan and construction documents from in-house professionals including landscape architects, civil engineers, structural engineers, storm water designers and surveyors.