This project is a 286-unit military family housing project located at the former Fort Ord Military Base in Seaside, California. Included in this 78.5 acre development are a 2.1 acre neighborhood park and a 6.2 acre community center.
The recreation center boasts of a 5,345 square foot building providing local military families with recreational and social facilities. It contains an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, community meeting rooms, locker facilities and more. Outdoor facilities include a Little League baseball field, tot lot, fitness course and open turf play areas. A 5,000 square foot native meadow area is used for large community events.
The neighborhood park consists of a tot lot and playground, courts for sand volleyball and basketball, bocce ball and horseshoe areas, community garden, group picnic shelter with restroom, as well as open turf play areas.
The recreation center and adjacent park landscape design theme is centered on native plant communities including a coast live oak woodland garden, coastal scrub garden. Specialty landscape elements of the community include extensive use of locally and California native plant materials, extensive use of non-irrigated native container stock planting, recycling of site topsoil.
In addition, stormwater is integrated through cobble lined bioswales planted with native grasses and perennials, and also includes informal paths meandering through the planted native landscape. Traditional lawn is limited to approximately 1,000 square feet designated for exercise, and the project is primarily irrigated with a high efficiency subsurface drip irrigation system.