Eastlake Park is a City of Phoenix Park located close to downtown and the historic name “Eastlake” references the small community lake that had two purported Alligators as residents. The park was in decline and the community center, historic bandshell, and entire grounds were renovated. The two lead Landscape Architects for Thomas+Crowley were involved in design, construction documents and construction administration.
The bandshell was competely restored to it’s ‘off-white’ plaster and additional permanent seating, a sinuous seat wall, and grassy knoll were added to enjoy the new venue. Just behind the grassy knoll the new playground and sand area has two 18′ Alligators and six eggs (in various stages of hatching) fabricated by CEMRock, and are so lifelike, that many children observed during the grand opening, were a little hesitant to venture near them!
The remainder of the improvements, include LED lighting throughout the park, new solar powered ramadas, concrete paving, an efficient, state of the art turf irrigation system (since the original park was flood irrigated), and over 200 large trees were planted to increase canopy coverage in the Park to 30%.