Monarch School

IMG_20130424_104316This unique school in downtown San Diego serves the year-round needs of 120 students impacted by homelessness. Dedicated in 2013, this $14 million state-of-the-art LEED GOLD facility was created largely from private donations.
IMG_20130424_104422The campus includes K-12 classrooms, gymnasium, cafeteria, counselling offices, multi-purpose  courts, amphitheater, play structures, sports fields, tricycle loop, and edible garden learning lab.
Marian Marum facilitated the donation of site furnishings from the 2011 ASLA National Conference in San Diego. Musical play pieces, benches, picnic tables, bike racks, & garden soil were donated.
Picture2Sustainable landscape features include bio-retention stormwater swales, drought tolerant plants, & a high-efficiency irrigation system with ‘weather-based ‘smart’ controller.
Monarch 20130424_104639Natural boulders & sycamore trees create a ‘nature-oasis’ at the rear corner of the site for quiet moments hidden away from the busy urban setting.
The edible garden area features raised beds for on-going educational programs & healthy ‘treats’ for the students.