RRM Celebrates the Opening of Arana Gulch

The opening of the Arana Gulch Path in Santa Cruz was well attended by over 300 community members and public officials. This pathway provides bicycle commuters improved access and a direct east-west route from Live Oak and other unincorporated communities into the city of Santa Cruz via a Class I facility. The connection crosses the 55-acre Arana Gulch Open Space with a unique 340′ stress ribbon pedestrian bridge.

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Morro Bay Celebrates Groundbreaking of Harborwalk Extension

A large crowd gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Morro Creek Multi-Use Trail and Bridge project this week. The project will connect the downtown waterfront to North Morro Bay by providing a path for pedestrians and bicyclists. The project will include viewing areas, stone seat walls and bicycle and surrey parking.

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RRM project news: Johnny Cash Trail Unveiled in Folsom, California

RRM is designing a 2-acre park in Folsom honoring Johnny Cash. Over 500 people attended the ribbon cutting of the new pedestrian bridge and multi-use trail which will become the Johnny Cash Art Trail Experience, featuring a 40-foot tall Man in Black sculpture as the focal point of the park, designed by Rotblatt Amrany Studios in Illinois and six other art installations from Romo Studios in Sacramento. Rosanne Cash attended the ceremony. There has been extensive national and international media coverage of this project, including mention in Rolling Stone magazine.


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San Luis Obispo Skate Park Breaks Ground

After many years of planning, design and collaboration with the city and community of San Luis Obispo, RRM is very proud to attend the groundbreaking for the SLO skate park!


Project News: Proposal for boardwalk, bike path in Morro Bay moves forward

From the San Luis Obispo Tribune:

Pathway as well as new bridge would link up existing Harbor Walk with north Morro Bay

By Nick Wilson

nwilson@thetribunenews.comJanuary 20, 2014

The Morro Bay City Council has given its go-ahead for a bike and pedestrian trail, along with a new bridge, that will offer beach vistas and connect the city’s Harbor Walk to north Morro Bay.

The council voted 4-1 last week, with Councilwoman Nancy Johnson dissenting, to approve a conditional use permit for the project, which now must be approved by the state Coastal Commission before construction can begin.

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RRM in the News: Santa Clarita OKs Rivendale Park Proposal For Study

From the Santa Clarita News |  Thu, 09/12/2013 – 3:45pm  |  Perry Smith

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With a 4-0 vote, Santa Clarita City Council members OK’ed a plan to renovate Rivendale Park.

The next step is developing the funding sources necessary and determining if there are resources available to make it happen, said Rick Gould, director of parks, recreation and community services.

“We’ve got a plan, and if we’re able to develop funding, we would then be able to address the design process, among many other things,” Gould said, mentioning grants as one possibility.

“This is the first step in developing a park there. The future development of this park will compete with limited resources,” Gould said.

The proposal approved by City Council members Tuesday, calls for 2.5 miles of additional trails, trail enhancements, a cultural/educational center, 100 more parking spaces and an amphitheater with approximately 400 fixed seats and grass seating, as well as three additional restrooms.

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Park Design – Channeling Your Inner Child

By: Lief McKay, ASLA, LEED AP

Most parents of young children I know have a favorite local park or two. Their reasons vary, but often boil down to something along the lines of convenience, cleanliness and safety. In other words, typical parental concerns. The same issues arise time and time again during the design process. I get it, I’m a father of two kids myself; but I’m also a landscape architect. Speaking from this dual perspective, I think we wise adults can, and should, do more to utilize some of the most creative, uninhibited members of our community: our kids.

Designing parks is a highlight of my job, because they are inclusive, egalitarian places that we all have the right to enjoy and in a sense, own. Municipal park design almost always includes a community outreach process with one primary goal: to find out what the community wants. Community outreach usually consists of one or more public meetings during which the participants are encouraged to share their thoughts and concerns through a variety of techniques and exercises. This process can be invaluable for the design team. Some park amenities are obvious, but who could have guessed there was a strong desire for a labyrinth? Or somewhere for a daily “laughing group” (no, this is not a typo) to congregate and crack themselves up?

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The Amgen Tour of California

by: William Strand, PE, QSD


As winter slowly passes and with spring on the horizon, it’s time to look forward to America’s Greatest Race, The Amgen Tour of California, or simply, the Tour. For cycling enthusiasts, the Tour is a rite of spring. The 8th edition of the Tour will be held from May 12-19, and will include 16 of the world’s top professional cycling teams. For the first time, the Tour will start in Southern California and proceed in a northerly direction. The Tour will start in Escondido on May 12th and cover approximately 800 miles over 8 stages (days) en route to the finish in Santa Rosa.

Whether you are a cycling addict or have never ridden a bicycle, the Tour has something to offer everyone. With start times around 11 a.m. each day, the Amgen Tour of California Lifestyle Festival is open for several hours before the race start. The festival includes booths from local organizations, bicycle manufacturers and suppliers, food vendors and many other activities. Race starts also offer fans one of the best opportunities to see the racers, their bicycles, team cars and team buses  Fans often line up outside the team buses for a glimpse of their favorite cyclists, and hopefully an autograph (bring your own pen).

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Adapt, Rebuild and Carry On: Coastal Cities Face a Rising Tide

by: Tony Keith, RLA

Viewing news footage of the devastation in the wake of Hurricane Sandy this past winter and witnessing firsthand the recurring storm damage from El Nino conditions here on the West Coast, it is clear to me that our coastal cities are increasingly at risk. Whether you accept the science of global warming, or the premise that we are just in a natural cycle, the answer is the same: we must prepare in advance and implement strategies to address a new set of criteria for planning and building along our shoreline or suffer devastating consequences.

Development along the waterfront is set in an extremely dynamic context that is dramatically changing within our lifetime. Few coastal locations host more diverse activities in one place than along our coastal city waterfronts; commerce, industry, recreation, man-made environments and natural beauty all intersect in this unique setting. With critical infrastructure increasingly at risk, we have clear choices to make, new questions to ask and new solutions to seek.

Sea levels have risen about 8 inches in the past 100 years and are projected to rise as much as 55 inches by the end of the century as stated in an analysis prepared for three California state agencies. The Pacific Institute estimates that 480,000 people, a wide range of critical infrastructure, vast areas of wetlands and other natural ecosystems, and nearly $100 billion in property along the California coast are at increased risk from flooding due to sea-level rise if no adaptation actions are taken.

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Round 2 of Proposition 84 Storm Water Grants: Coming to a City Near You in Summer 2013

With the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) currently executing agreements with approximately 24 agencies for a total grant amount of approximately $42 million, Round 2 is just around the corner and it is  time to start planning ahead. The SWRCB anticipates opening applications for Round 2 of the Proposition 84 Storm Water Implementation Grants in the summer of 2013. It is time to start thinking about potential projects which reduce and prevent storm water contamination of rivers, lakes and streams. Eligible project types include Low Impact Development (LID) and projects which comply with Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) requirements.

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