Environmental Charter High School
April 2009: La Loma Development has been working at a feverish pace since March on a much needed amphitheater, stage and seasonal stream at the Environmental Charter High School in Lawndale. The recycled concrete amphitheater sits upon a 2,000 square foot sloped lawn facing the community. This space provides much-needed seating at lunchtime, serves as an outdoor classroom and hosts concerts, plays and other performances. The stage built from Sustainable Forestry Initiative redwood, has been immediately utilized for the students as a place to rehearse and hold after school programs. The seasonal stream provided much needed relief from a campus laden with asphalt. We planted native and climate-tolerant plants along the edges of the stream. Rainwater collects and percolates into the ground, recharging the local aquifer instead of rushing into the street and storm drains. The result is a thriving green belt throughout the dry season, and an inspiring transformation of much needed social and gathering space for the students, and administrators of a groundbreaking Charter High School.
March 2010: Almost one year later, take a look at a video about the school and see snippets of the living stream and amphitheater on the ECHS campus.