A special treat each spring for the Student Leaders, the Annual Field Trip was held on Saturday, April 1st. Student leaders from the chapter’s four landscape architecture program (Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly SLO, USC and UCLA) all attended. Others who attended this year included VP Liaison to Students, Carlos Flores; Past VP Liaison to Students, Kim Rhodes, and Chapter Executive Committee member, Jerry Hastings.
The students were hosted by Luis Rincon, Community Engagement Coordinator for California State Parks. This year, the field trip was a preview tour of Los Angeles State Historic Park, in Chinatown. The park has been closed and under renovation for a few years, and will open to the public on April 22nd, 2017. Luis Rincon led a one and a half hour walking tour of the different areas in the park, including the visitor center, wetlands, parking lot, walkways, event lawns, and viewpoints. We discussed how storm water moves through the site and is slowed down and absorbed before overflows make it to the LA River, we discussed the history of the site, and the evolution of the project, challenges, the park’s planting design,
connectivity, community involvement, and intended uses and capacity.