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Santan Basin Parks P and Q – CMAR



Santan Basins Parks P and Q, CMAR was later named to Discovery and Cosmo Parks.  The project consisted of two ADOT retention sites covering a total of 64 acres in Gilbert along the loop 202.  The Town of Gilbert, ADOT, J2 Engineering and Environmental Design and Valley Rain worked together to transform these two storm water retention basins into multi-purpose parks. Through this process, the team encountered numerous challenges such as: flood control, developing a maintainable environment, selecting appropriate equipment based on storm water inundation, developing a water source in order to minimize the use of the potable system and using the basins to their fullest potential.

Valley Rain and subcontractors organized and performed:  earthwork, well sites, irrigation lagoons, lake structures, site concrete, site and sports lighting, storm drain, sewer, water, irrigation, landscape, ramadas, playgrounds, a dog park and art features.  The thematic concrete on the job includes dog theme features such as raised paw prints, paw barbecue tables, and a dog paw land bridge.

Santan Basins P and Q are perfect examples of the use of lake water for park irrigation.  The work included wet wells, pump stations, irrigation and lake pump controls, power delivery to the pump stations, a recovery well, lake circulation pumps, and 48 acres of turf irrigation.  The use of CM@R was beneficial allowing for early contractor input regarding pump sizing and selection, circulation methods, irrigation mainline design, and irrigation control systems.  During germination, Valley Rain supervision monitored lake levels and coordinated the lake fill systems, circulation systems, and irrigation schedules to meet the demands. Through creative design and construction these Gilbert basins were turned into useful and attractive public amenities.

Santan Basins Parks won awards presented by American Council of Engineering Companies of Arizona, Southwest Contractors Magazine’s ‘Best of 2006’ and Dog Fancy Magazines ‘Best Dog Park in the United States!



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