Spring Street Parklets Project Team and Key Supporters
The Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council wishes to recognize the immense contributions of all involved in bringing parklets to Spring Street. Without the dedicated, tireless efforts of the design team, and the generosity of our project's partners, supporters, sponsors and donors, these community assets would not have been possible. Thank you Spring Street Parklet Team!

Parklet Design Team

Valerie Watson
Assistant Pedestrian Coordinator
City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT)
Pedestrian Programs Division
Valerie Watson works for LADOT as a Pedestrian Coordinator. From 2010-2012 she served as a volunteer, elected neighborhood representative on the Board of Directors of the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC), as At-Large Director. Valerie initiated DLANC’s Complete Streets Working Group to explore implementation of pilot projects demonstrating the value of livable, balanced streets for people who walk, bike, take transit, and do business Downtown. Valerie served as Project Manager and lead spokesperson for the group and managed the communications between the design, permitting, branding, impact studies and sponsorship teams, as well as with City staff.
Patti Berman
President of the Downtown LA Neighborhood Council
I am so proud to have been leading the council when this amazing, talented group of people got together. The parklets are a special achievement for both this group and the entire council. My hat is off to Valerie and this committee.
Rob Berry, AIA
Principal, Berry and Linné
Rob Berry is a partner of Berry and Linné, a full-service architecture firm with experience in public space projects, residential design, and interiors. As a member of the Complete Streets Working Group, Rob has been involved in the design of the parklets, materials research, and the development of the donor package. He has worked to identify local sources for materials and products and prepared detailed cost estimates for each parklet. He has also produced visualizations of the parklet designs.
Madeline Brozen
UCLA Complete Streets Initiative
Madeline Brozen is the Program Manager for the UCLA Complete Streets Initiative. After attending a DLANC Complete Streets Working Group Meeting, Madeline searched for an opportunity to create collaboration between UCLA and DLANC. Madeline submitted and received a grant from the Gilbert Foundation. She co-authored the report, "Reclaiming the Right-of-Way: A toolkit for creating and implementing parklets." This report helped inform the City of Los Angeles pilot program development, and the grant provided the financial support for the Spring Street parklets and evaluation collaboration with Parklet Studies.
Siobhán Burke, AIA, LEED AP
Principal, Lyric Design & Planning
Siobhán is the founder of Lyric Design and Planning, a multi-disciplinary architecture practice with design expertise in public urban spaces, development planning, retail, and environmental graphics. As a member of the Complete Streets Working Group, she has been involved in political support meetings, parklet design and in the development of the donor package. In August 2011, Siobhan surveyed the San Francisco parklets and met with city planners and supporters to understand the implementation process, guidelines and legal accountability of San Francisco parklets.
Colleen Corcoran
Graphic Designer
Colleen Corcoran is a graphic designer in Los Angeles. She has collaborated with a variety of non-profits, public agencies, and local artists in the Los Angeles area. She is a founding board member of CicLAvia, an organization that opens LA’s streets as a public space for cyclists and pedestrians on Sunday mornings. As a member of the Complete Streets Working Group, Colleen has designed and developed brand identity graphics, iconographic messaging and safety graphics for parklets.
Ray Dang
Environmental Graphic Designer, Metro
Ray Dang is an environmental graphic designer at Metro where he is specializing in customer information, wayfinding, environmental graphics, signage design, and problem-solving for Metro’s transit system and facilities.
Simon Hartigan
Web Designer/Developer, Minimal-1
Simon Hartigan is a web developer who has worked for notable Downtown LA companies such as American Apparel. He has created and maintains the website for the Complete Streets Working Group. He lives/works/plays in DTLA and is very invested and involved in helping improve the quality of life here.
Daveed Kapoor
Principal, Utopiad
Daveed Kapoor is a registered architect and founder of Utopiad, a full-service architecture firm in Los Angeles. As a member of the Complete Streets Working Group he has used his construction detailing knowledge to create the Design Development and Construction Documents set for permitting. He traveled to San Francisco in August 2011 to meet with the manager of the City Design Group and the director of San Francisco Great Streets in order to research design possibilities for parklet implementation in Los Angeles.
Antonio Lopez
Landscape Architect
Antonio Lopez is a landscape designer with Melendrez. As a member of the Complete Streets Working Group, he provided conceptual research and program aesthetic to aid in the development of initial schematic designs. Through collaboration with the group on materials, program, and site selection, the initial designs were refined for the beginning stages of Design Development. Antonio participated in community outreach and research into precedent concerning the process of construction and permitting of existing parklets, and in 2011 used that research to begin construction detailing and documentation of the CSWG’s designs for downtown’s first parklets.
Emily Morishita
Environmental Graphic Designer
Emily Morishita is an environmental graphic designer focusing on exhibition design and signage. Currently she is a senior environmental graphic designer at Metro, and previously worked at the J. Paul Getty Museum leading design teams on exhibitions and museum design. As part of the Complete Streets Working Group, Emily has contributed to the Parklet research and design, created the group’s identity, and designed the Sponsorship materials. She is also part of the graphic design team which designed the Parklet signage.
Kevin Ocubillo
Planning Deputy
Los Angeles City Council, District 14
Kevin Ocubillo is the Planning Deputy for Councilmember Jose Huizar in the City of Los Angeles. As a member of the Complete Streets Working Group, he co designed and co authored the Spring Street Parklet Impact Study. Kevin's interests lie in the physical environments that frame public life.
Robin Abad Ocubillo
Founding Principal, Parklet Studies
Research and Media Coordinator, San Francisco Pavement to Parks Program
Robin Abad Ocubillo is an Urban Designer and Researcher with a background in public lands management, youth advocacy, and community organizing. As a member of the Complete Streets Working Group, he has led the research and outreach modeling for the Spring Street Parklet Impact Study. He is intensely excited to meld his dedication to community work with urban design practice, which he sees as a critical mode for advancing social and environmental equity.

Construction Team

Many thanks go to Hensel Phelps Construction Co. for donating their time and energy to making these pilot parklets a physical reality!
Bill Armstrong, LEED AP
Area Superintendent, Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
Bill is currently a superintendent with Hensel Phelps Construction Co., one of the nation’s top ranked general contractors, serving both the public and private sectors. Bill played a vital role in leading the team through months of detailed constructability reviews, design coordination, and subcontractor/vendor coordination through fabrication. He led an active, hands-on approach to overall construction planning, scheduling, and the execution of a highly coordinated and aggressive 3 day installation sequence for both parklets concurrently. From day one, Bill enlisted the help of his assistant, field engineer Willa Han, to fulfill his promise to Valerie Watson - that Hensel Phelps would deliver construction excellence with exceptional quality to ensure the best chance of success for the Spring Street Pilot Parklets.
Willa D. Han, LEED AP
Field Engineer, Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
Willa Han is currently a Field Engineer with Hensel Phelps Construction Co. Willa played a critical role in building relationships with subcontractors and vendors to secure materials, services and donations while working closely with UCLA's Luskin School for invoice payments. Willa tracked actual costs and her persistence paid off as all the materials were procured well under budget. Willa and Bill invested much of their own labor to prepare many of the materials at their jobsite. The team of Bill and Willa from Hensel Phelps implemented a very aggressive schedule to construct both parklets in 3 days in very tight quarters with intricate installation systems. Hensel Phelps helped make the parklets a reality at downtown Los Angeles.

Marketing and PR

Mary Lu, LEED AP
Business Development Manager
AHBE Landscape Architects
Sam Comen, Photographer
Sam Comen generously provided photo documentation of the Spring Street Parklet Team and the completed parklets.

General Contractor
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.

Maintenance & Operations
Historic Downtown Business Improvement District

Grant Funding for Materials and Evaluation
The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation

Parklet Evaluation and Parklet Toolkit
Parklet Studies (see above)
UCLA Complete Streets Initiative
Reclaiming the Right of Way: A Toolkit for Creating and Implementing Parklets

Project Supporters
AHBE Landscape Architects
Secret Agent PR
LA Cafe
Syrup Desserts
City Loft Square

Material Donations
Beck Steel, Inc.
Bison Innovative Products
Great Western Park & Playground
JJ Roberts & Son
Letner Roofing
Old Town Fiberglass
Olson Visual
Pinnacle Landscape Company
Pro Steel Erectors Inc.
R B Welding, Inc.
S and S Construction Services
Squires Lumber
Stepstone, Inc.
The Good Plant
United Rentals
White Cap Construction Supply