Location: Riverside County, California
Michael Baker International was retained by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) to prepare a Landscape Master Plan, final construction drawings, and maintenance manual for more than one mile of landscape improvements for Searl Parkway.
Searl Parkway is the major roadway through and providing access to the Diamond Valley Lake Park Specific Plan area. The Diamond Valley Lake Park Specific Plan area consists of more than 538 acres and is located within the East Recreation Area of Diamond Valley Lake. Diamond Valley Lake and the East Recreation Area are the "jewels" of the lake and reservoir system owned and operated by MWD. Searl Parkway is an important and highly visible aesthetic element of the East Recreation Area and as such emphasized and displayed MWD's water conservation philosophy, water efficient irrigation technology, and features the use of native and California friendly plants. In addition, the design had to interface with a major wildlife corridor, equestrian trailhead, major storm water detention basin, museum and sports park. The design incorporates the extensive use of boulders and cobbles that were salvaged the dam construction, decomposed granite, and native trees, shrubs and groundcovers.