The City of Santa Clarita awarded RICK Engineering Company the Newhall Metrolink Expansion & Community Park Project for engineering, landscape architecture, water resources, and survey services. The project included the expansion of the existing parking lot that serves both the Santa Clarita Community Center and the adjacent Metrolink station. Also included in the project was the development of a community park for outdoor educational and recreational opportunities for the Community Center, providing benches and trash furnishings, picnic tables, shade trees, and a drought-tolerant plant palette.
The parking lot expansion provided Low Impact Development (LID) design to meet the County of Los Angeles water quality and LID requirements. The proposed site has been designed to employ pervious pavement within the parking stalls and a bioretention area to treat and infiltrate runoff from an existing parking lot. A bioretention area has also been designed in accordance with the Los Angeles County Stormwater BMP Design and Maintenance Manual. The bioretention area will be vegetated (i.e., landscaped) within a shallow depression and allow storage, infiltration, and evapotranspiration for the design storm 85th percentile. The LID facility will remove the pollutants generated by an existing parking lot by filtering stormwater through plants that are adapted to the local climate and soil moisture conditions and an engineered soil mix.