QK designed a 2.33-acre neighborhood park for the City of Porterville.


QK’s role consisted of the preparation of construction ready plans and specifications. Our design was created to be a place for active play, from the turf fields and basketball court to the play ground equipment, increase community interaction, and incorporate the site’s grade change to develop a sloped lawn area and a Bio-Swale for on-site storm water detention. Our approach also included drought tolerant landscaping throughout the park, boulders, and a dry creek bed with large cobble that will drain from the play areas and splash pad to Tule the River.


Our client wanted a design that met the community’s needs and to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Bronze standards.


Fallen Heroes Park includes youth soccer and softball areas, a pre-teen and tot playground, two picnic shelters with Bar-B-Ques, a lighted basketball half-court, a splash pad, lighted loop walking trail and trailheads to the future Tule River Parkway trail system, reduced the overall turf area by using drought tolerant planting, water efficient irrigation system is connected to the Cities central computer and weather station, a central community plaza, restroom facilities, and parking. The site slopes to the north-west corner Bio-Swale to capture the run-off and prevent it from entering the Tule River on the north end of the park.

The park has received multiple awards, including the 2015 Public Works Project of the Year from the American Public Works Association (APWA) Central California Chapter as well as the 2015 Arbor Day Award from Tree Fresno.

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