Stanton Central Park
- Project Location:
10660 Western Ave, Stanton CA 90680
- Project Description:
Stanton Central Park is the city’s largest recreational open space encompassing 11.5 acres, especially impressive in a municipality of only 3.2 square miles. This new community park includes walking trails, a splash pad, a bandstand, ball fields, a skate park, a butterfly garden, picnic areas, playgrounds and a community center building. Numerous public design workshops garnered valuable community engagement for this “people’s park”-over 2,000 citizens celebrated at the Park’s opening day ceremony.
- Project Justification:
Stanton Central Park is a great move forward for the city’s park system. Larger by far than any other park in Stanton, Central Park is a crowning achievement made possible through funding gained from a combination of a bond measure, a state grant and park-in-lieu fees; the project’s design, construction and construction management required no general fund monies. The park’s construction was within budget and completed on time for Stanton’s 60th anniversary celebration. Recreational amenities and facilities for baseball, soccer, basketball, tennis, skateboarding and fitness training gather athletes of all kinds to this special park. A rolling landscape makes the park fun to wander in and explore the open space and swaths of water-wise gardens and trees. For this community, the value of this park is far greater than the $11.2 million investment. This park reflects the city’s commitment to provide quality of life while inspiring a healthy future.
- Special Circumstances:
The design of this park exemplifies responsible, sustainable resource conservation measures. Drought tolerant and native trees, shrubs, succulents and groundcovers, in conjunction with state-of-the-art water-wise irrigation systems showcase the natural beauty that thrives in our Southern California climate. The butterfly garden inspires a sensate awareness of ecological systems at play in nature. Community art, plenty of benches and tables, covered picnicking areas, and open swaths of grass facilitate social gathering for the Stanton community. For the first time, Stanton has a place to host large-scale events like summer concerts to attract residents and visitors. This park provides a place for the citizens to come together and also creates a forum to strengthen relationships with the regional community.
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- Award Citation::
This beautiful 11.5 acre park is the centerpiece of the community. Since it’s opening during the city’s summer celebration of 60 years of cityhood more than 65,000 people have recreated at this wonderful gathering place. Concerts, ballgames and children’s play spaces draw crowds to this community showcase.
- Suggested Award Summary:
Prior to the opening of Stanton Central Park, the City had less than 1/3 of the parkland recommended for a City its size! In addition, most of the areas classified as “parks” were on Southern California Edison property and restricted mainly to grass.
With this, and the goals of the residents in mind, it became one of the City’s missions to develop new parkland for its residents that provided a wide range of park facilities and uses.
The City was committed to correcting the parkland deficiency in a fiscally responsible way that would use all available sources of funds for park development without using the City’s General Fund, which is dedicated to providing vital daily services to its residents.
The result of this commitment is a beautiful facility, sitting on more than 11.5 acres of parkland, in the center of the City, filled with endless opportunities for active play; gathering spots for families; space for community events, concerts, and celebrations; and recreation activities for Stanton citizens of all ages. Best of all, Stanton Central Park is opening at a historic moment…the City’s 60th Anniversary!
And, of course, the City kept its commitment not to use the General Fund. Instead, it wisely used other available funding restricted for parks and innovatively partnered with private sector companies doing business in Stanton to help both build and maintain the park for decades to come; delivering Stanton’s largest park, with features designed by its own citizens. Welcome to your park…Stanton Central Park.