Fiesta de Vida Park

The primary master plan strategy focuses on solutions that are well-fitted to the site conditions but draw vivid contrast between natural and manufactured landscapes. Topography and the associated movement and collection of water are primary considerations. Existing terrain grading impacts are minimized. The precious role of water in the desert is celebrated but used in a concentrated and limited manner. The beauty and adaptability of life in the desert are showcased in landscapes intended to resonate with the community. Resonance refers to the role of a rich and scenic landscape in engaging  and uplifting visitors. 

Community Oases
Pocket spaces between undisturbed desert hills are developed as verdant community destinations, a dramatic juxtaposition with the dry hillsides. These spaces are naturally defined and spatially contained by adjoining ridges. Micro-climatically they benefit modestly from cooler air descending the valleys. Drainage water is more plentiful in these spaces and acts as natural irrigation. These valleys typically support natural plant growth such as palms and groundcovers.

These spaces are planned to accommodate both active and passive uses, ranging from sports fields and courts to picnic areas, native gardens, and a great meadow for both informal gathering and programmed events.

Programming: Community Life in the Desert
The park program is focused on diverse and robust engagement: recreationally, socially and with the desert itself. The program is enveloped by and interwoven with both manufactured and natural desert landscapes, celebrating life in this spectacular but harsh environment.

Fiesta de Vida translates as “festival of life.” Fiesta de Vida Park offers a community recreation and gathering place, providing diverse opportunities for families and individuals to enjoy and engage with one another in the beauty of the Coachella Valley. A place to celebrate the accentuated virtues of desert living. 


Coachella Valley, California


Master Planning, Landscape Design


38.8 HA


Public Space