Title:Lakewood Parks, Lakewood, CA, 1955-1965
Creator/Contributor:Eckbo, Garrett, Landscape Architect
Parks--Design and construction
Public spaces--Design and plans
Called "Tomorrow's City Today" by its boosters in 1950, Lakewood was a post-war housing development near Long Beach, CA based on the same financial and design formulas that had made Levittowns so successful on the east coast. In fewer than three years, the community grew to over 70,000 people. Even after the development voted to become an autonomous city, Lakewood had to contract out to Los Angeles County for all of its infrastructure needs, such as road services, water, electricity, fire protection, and sewage. According to the Lakewood Community History webpage on the Los Angeles County Library website, "this novel arrangement -- which let the city retain local control of its government while tapping efficiently into existing services -- was spelled out in a document called the Lakewood Plan that was adopted and modified by many other communities in California and the United States that wanted to incorporate as well." One of the few amenities-by-design that residents of Lakewood enjoyed was a large number of parks and playgrounds, all of which were designed by Eckbo
Type:Landscape architecture drawings
3 folders, 7 flat files, slides, negatives
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