JULY 25 2010
INTERIM REVIEW DISCUSSION: YOUR INVOLVEMENT IMPROVES THE OUTCOME
We are familiar with the area and visit often to go surfing and to make sure our proposal fits within the natural wild beauty of Trestles. However, as Trestles is many things to many people we hope to encourage an open discussion about the specific proposals for safe access to trestles. We see design as an open process that is best informed by the users so we encourage your suggestions and critiques.
As one of the last undeveloped costal zones in southern California, Trestles is home to world class surf, wild beaches, wetlands, and endangered species. Our proposal seeks to maintain and promote the wild beauty of this area by providing safe access to the area in an integrated and minimally invasive way. Our approach is different from the other finalist as they propose building over the entire length of the path. Not only do we see this as undesirable it is also unnecessary.
By rerouting the upper part of the trail to a lower starting elevation we are able to bypass the infamous corn dog hill with an on grade path. This new trail gently follows the existing topography as it descends towards the beach with a slope of less than 5%. The new trail would have many of the charms of the current trail while being less prone to erosion, easier to maintain, safer to traverse, and be ADA accessible.
To provide a safe at-grade rail crossing we plan to use the approved standards for San Clemente and San Diego counties. These standards are familiar to the local population and will help minimize the near accidents that occur each year at this crossing.
Currently there are many rogue trails that are bush-wacked through the wetland area each season. These trails indicate where people want to arrive at on the beach. The curved design of our bridge-deck is a direct translation of these informal trails. By providing direct easy safe access to the main area people want to go the user informed bridge replaces the need for rogue trails.
(for more description about the bridge and proposal see ROUND ONE text below)
FEEDBACK ROUND ONE
In response to the few safety concerns raised in round one regarding the bridge we have lowered the bridge deck to the top height of the wetland reeds. This will create a more intimate interaction with the wetlands and reduce the safety concerns with the bridge.
There have been several comments regarding the handrail we omitted on the flat side of the deck. Initially we proposed only one handrail on the high side of the deck but can certainly add a handrail on the flat side if that is desired. We kept if off for the following reasons:
1. Wetland areas often have raised boardwalk paths that do not have handrails on either side. These handrail-less decks tend to promote better observation, interaction and appreciation for wetlands areas.
2. By not having a railing on one of the sides it is possible to sit on the edge of the deck and wait for a friend, read a book, have a picnic, observe etc…
3. The width of the deck ranges from 9' at the ends to 25' in the center allowing ample space to easily navigate the deck while staying away from the edge if that is desired.
SUBMISSION ROUND 2 - AUGUST 30TH
We continue to work out in greater detail the our proposal for a new access way and encourage your input to help improve the design.
The Wave Team