A Step Up to Health
From vacant and blighted to vibrant and bustling—that’s the result of the AHBE | MIG-designed neighborhood park at the Alpine Recreation Center that is now promoting community health and wellness in Los Angeles’ Chinatown.
The half-acre, L-shaped hillside rises more than 100 feet from one end to the other. The topographical challenge inspired a creative design: a series of terraces that support different activities for the mind, body and spirit. The lowest terrace, Lotus Plaza, stimulates the mind and encourages socialization as a place for performances, tai chi and community gatherings, with amphitheater outdoor seating. The Bamboo Garden encourages exercise of the body with a children’s play area, rock climbing wall and fitness equipment and a bamboo garden. The top terrace, Heavenly Garden, features expansive views of the surrounding neighborhood and mountains to rejuvenate the spirit.
The three sections are connected by Dragon Walk, sloped walkways and ramps that provide access for all ages and abilities. And a continuous stairway along the street side of the park represents the literal and metaphorical journey of a thousand miles toward health and well-being—it begins with one step.
The design received a Southern California Development Forum Award, Un-Built Project, prior to construction.