How well-planned public open space encourages urban renewal: North Park Mini Park

Rendering of the new North Park Mini Park

Rendering of the new North Park Mini Park

The North Park Mini Park in San Diego, CA, projected to open in 2020, will be a model of public open space and future “town square” for one of San Diego’s most rapidly evolving communities; and a catalyst for continued urban renewal. 

KTUA collaborated with the City of San Diego in designing the park on a half-acre unused parking lot, with amenities that include an open stage for live entertainment, a giant movie screen, a children’s play area and three large pergolas scattered across the plaza to provide shade; as well as space for food trucks or special event booths.

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In collaboration with KTUA, Graphic Solutions designed two iconic wayfaring pylons which provide landmark identification that can be seen from the adjacent University Avenue corridor.  Colorful tile bases reference the existing North Park community monument sign.  Aesthetically pleasing and practical, stainless steel sculptural metal forms are illuminated at night with color-changing LED lighting and community information display cabinets are integrated in the pylon bases.

North Park Mini-Park’s unique, open design provides opportunity for community events and creates a safe and fun environment for the entire community.  Feedback from residents and businesses has been overwhelmingly positive.


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