801 East Carson St., Carson, CA
Outside the main entrance to the popular community center, 2,082 sq. ft. of existing mixed warm/cool season turf was removed to create this Ocean Friendly Garden. The project was funded through a CA Proposition 50 IRWMP Grant administered by West Basin MWD and Surfrider Foundation, and was completed in the Fall 2013.
A new permeable brick garden pathway measuring approx. 600 q. ft. was installed, allowing visitors to meander through the garden, rather than bypass it along the sidewalk. This pathway material was selected for it’s qualification as a permeable hardscape and because the bricks tied in with existing hardscape on site. New benches also were installed to provide a seating area for people waiting for the bus or passenger pick up. The remainder of the site was contoured to capture rain from the sidewalk and adjacent building, though the downspouts were not able to be redirected into the garden.
Turf area water requirement = 60,000 gallons per year
OFG water requirement = 15,000 gallons per year