Colorado Esplanade, Santa Monica, CA

The Colorado Esplanade is a three-block-long linear plaza along Colorado Avenue between the new light-rail station on Fourth Street and the historic Santa Monica Pier. The design of this street needed to deliver pedestrians coming from the light-rail to the Pier, but also connect downtown Santa Monica in the Business District to the north and the Civic Center to the south. The design of the Colorado Esplanade is a multimodal thoroughfare that connects thousands of people to all corners of Santa Monica every day.

Using only a few simple materials, the Colorado Esplanade creates a vibrant shared public-space for pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, and buses. The trees and the string lights frame the view on the historic Santa Monica Pier sign while the custom concrete unit pavers create an identity to the walk that is recognizable the moment visitors step onto it.

Julie completed this project while she was a Partner at PWP Landscape Architecture. Julie was the Project Manager for this project and collaborated extensively with both the Client Team and the Design Team to deliver the landscape design vision.


Fuscoe Engineering, Fehr & Peers, IDS Group, ISC-Group Inc.

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