Ivy Station is a mixed-use transit-oriented development adjacent to the Expo Line station in Culver City. At the heart of the project is an urban park that embraces, unites, and draws community and Metro riders into the site.
A landscape spine runs north to south through the park, connecting the Metro station platform to the Venice and National Boulevard intersection. Along this transect the planting evolves and transforms from high and dry planting into a riparian landscape. Climate appropriate water features move through the spine, enhancing the planting evolution and taking visitors on a journey through the landscape. Adjacent to the Metro station, the spine opens into a flexible event lawn with terraced seating, providing a gathering space for a variety of activities ranging from a few people simply playing catch to several hundred people enjoying a performance. A centrally located Town Square is a major activity hub for the entire park, containing loose seating, public art, and the circulation to underground parking.
The landscape is underscored by an urban nature story that integrates reclaimed storm water runoff, to choreograph a living, vibrant and sustainable place for the community. In addition the project streetscape performs beneficial storm water cleansing, while also connecting the site to the city’s urban grid.
The park space seen from the Metro will create a curiosity and ensure it becomes a destination for riders. Edged by retail, restaurants and other businesses, the space creates opportunities to satisfy all cravings and conveniences. Neighbors and visitors alike will share the activities and opportunities time and time again.